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What is the Fire Prevention Appeals Committee?
This committee hears appeals on orders and certificates issued by the provincial Fire Commissioner or a provincial inspector pursuant to The Fire Prevention Act, 1992. It also hears appeals from decisions of the provincial Fire Commissioner relating to orders made by local or municipal inspectors.

As explained earlier in the discussion about the board's mandate, hearings for this committee are conducted under what is best described as a Hybrid Model, leaning more to the Adversarial Model.

How do I file my appeal on a certificate issued by the provincial Fire Commissioner and filed with the court?
The provincial Fire Commissioner may carry out or cause to be carried out activities that are required to be done by an order. The costs and expenses incurred in carrying out the order may be recovered by filing a certificate with the court. A person with respect to whom the certificate is filed may appeal the amount of costs and expenses to the Saskatchewan Municipal Board, Fire Prevention Appeals Committee within 30 days of the date of being served with a copy of the certificate. Any notice of appeal to the committee must be in writing and state the grounds of the appeal. A copy of the appeal is to be filed with the provincial Fire Commissioner.

What matters can the committee consider when appeals on certificates are filed?
The committee can only consider the amount of the costs and expenses identified on the certificate. It may order an amendment to the certificate or it may uphold the amount of costs and expenses identified on the certificate.

How do I file my appeal on an order issued by a local or municipal inspector or provincial inspector?
The first level of appeal on an order issued by a local or municipal inspector is to the provincial Fire Commissioner. A local assistant, municipal inspector or other person who is not in agreement with the decision of the fire commissioner may appeal to the committee within 20 days of being served the decision. A copy of the appeal is to be filed with the provincial Fire Commissioner. In the case of an order issued by a provincial inspector, a person may appeal directly to the committee within 20 days of being served with the order. A copy of the appeal is to be filed with the provincial Fire Commissioner. The notice of appeal to the committee must be in writing and state the grounds of the appeal.

Can I appeal an order made by a local or municipal inspector directly to the Fire Prevention Appeals Committee?
No. The first level of appeal is to the provincial Fire Commissioner.

With whom do I file my appeal?
Secretary, Fire Prevention Appeals Committee
Saskatchewan Municipal Board
4th Floor, 2151 Scarth Street
REGINA, Sk. S4P 2H8

What happens once my appeal is filed with the committee?
The committee will acknowledge receipt of the appeal with the individual who filed the appeal. Where an appeal is from a decision of the provincial Fire Commissioner, or of an order issued by a provincial inspector, the committee will request that the provincial Fire Commissioner or provincial inspector file the following material with the committee:

  • list of names and addresses of all parties to the proceeding;
  • complete copy of the file and decision;
  • legal description and municipal address of the land; and
  • a copy of the site plan showing all existing and proposed structures.

Once the above information has been received, the committee will send out a hearing notice to the following individuals:

  • all parties to the proceedings;
  • the provincial inspector, provincial Assistant or Fire Commissioner;
  • any municipality and/or persons that the committee considers may be affected by the proposed appeal.

The hearing notice will state the time, place and purpose of the hearing.

Is there a fee to appeal?
An appeal filing fee of $50 is required. The fee must be paid within the applicable appeal period (20 or 30 days) or the appeal is deemed to be dismissed.

What happens at the hearing?
For further information on hearing processes see Appeal Hearing Process.

How often does the committee have hearings?
Generally the committee tries to hear these appeals within a six week period of receipt of the applicable information.

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