Saskatoon Land offers a Rebate Program to encourage homebuilders and lot purchasers to improve the curb appeal of newly built homes in our communities. The rebates are part of our commitment to building environmentally sustainable communities and encouraging environmentally friendly household practices.
Rebate Amendment (City Council amended in 2020)
Driveway and front yard landscaping rebates will be offered to those who have purchased a single-unit lot in Aspen Ridge Phase 1-4, Evergreen Phase 8, Kensington Phase 2-4, and Parkridge. A maximum rebate amount of $8,000 ($6,000 for driveway and $2,000 for landscaping) is available to those who complete their driveway and/or landscaping within 18 months from the date of building permit issuance. To receive the rebate, the purchaser will need to provide receipts, photo evidence, and have an inspection done by Saskatoon Land. No reduced rebate amount will be offered past 18 months.
For Aspen Ridge Phase 5, Kensington Phase 5, and Brighton, mandatory landscaping and driveway requirements are administered through architectural controls. Click on the appropriate button below for more information and Rebate Program details.
For both attached garage and detached garage lots, the following rebates are available:
- Aspen Ridge Phases 1-4, Evergreen Phase 8, Kensington Phases 2-4, and Parkridge: a maximum rebate of $2,000 is available for the early establishment of front yard landscaping.
- Building permits opened in 2020 or later: Maximum rebate ($2,000) paid for landscaping establishment within 18 months of permit issuance. No reduced amount will be paid out.
Landscaping Rebate Material Scope & Minimum standards
The rebate material scope includes materials and services rendered for the installation of sod, artificial turf*, topsoil, trees, shrubs, plant materials, hardscape elements, irrigation components, and edging.
- *artificial turf must be pre-approved by Saskatoon Land.
- xeriscape front yards must be pre-approved by Saskatoon Land.
To be eligible for this rebate, the following minimum standards apply:
- Topsoil installed to a minimum depth of 100mm;
- Sod (seeded lawns are not acceptable) “Sod laying shall be performed during the active growing season for type of sod. Sodding during dry periods, at freezing temperatures or over frozen soil is unacceptable.” Canadian Landscape Standards, 2017; and
- A minimum of one (1) tree of a species suitable for Saskatoon’s climate and soil types must be planted in the front yard of the following minimum size:
a) Deciduous trees must have a minimum 45mm caliper measured 1.8m above ground; and
b) Coniferous trees must be at a minimum 1.8m in height.
Landscape plans must be submitted prior to installing xeriscape for review by Saskatoon Land staff. Rebates for xeriscaped front yards will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of Saskatoon Land.
For xeriscape yards, the following minimum standards apply:
- A minimum of one (1) tree is required to the same standards as outlined above. If you wish to substitute the tree for additional vegetation you must contact Saskatoon Land for approval;
- All xeriscapes must include a mix of hardy shrubs. The minimum shrub requirement is 3 shrubs with 2m spread at full growth; however, it is strongly encouraged to go beyond the minimum standard; and
- Acceptable ground covers include mulch, rock, native grasses and wildflowers, and perennials. Rock ground cover is only permitted to cover 30% of the landscape. The remaining 70% must be covered by mulch or vegetation that is not sod such as perennial plant ground cover and/or native grasses and wildflowers.
Community Tree Planting Program
Lot purchasers can request their preference of available tree species for the City-owned portion of their front and/or side yard. The yard must be up-to-grade before a tree request can be processed and the tree planting site must meet minimum spacing requirements and be cleared of all above and below ground utilities to be approved as a plant site. The homeowner is responsible for watering the new tree unless otherwise noted. Refer to the City of Saskatoon website at saskatoon.ca for more information.
Rebate Terms and Conditions
Landscaping rebate eligibility is open to builders or individuals who purchased the lot directly from Saskatoon Land. Only the builder or individual who purchased the lot may apply for the rebate. All landscape services and installations must be arranged by the lot purchaser. If the landscape is complete prior to the final payment of the lot, the option exists to have the rebate amount deducted from the final payment amount, evidenced by receipts, photo evidence from the lot purchaser, and inspections by Saskatoon Land staff. Otherwise, rebates are paid out once the lot has been paid in full; and the property and dwelling meets all Architectural Controls and Rebate Program standards to the satisfaction of Saskatoon Land.
City Boulevards (Combined Walk & Curb)
To obtain the landscaping rebate for areas with combined walk and curb, the lot purchaser is required to landscape up to the inside sidewalk edge.
City Boulevards (Separate Walk & Curb)
To obtain the landscaping rebate for areas with separate walk and curb, the lot purchaser is required to landscape the space between the outer sidewalk edge and the curb-face, adjacent to the road top (boulevard). The landscaping of this area must complement the front yard landscaping in order to receive the landscape rebate.
Front Yard Defined
With the exception of corner lots, the landscaping rebate is eligible for front yard landscaping work only. The front yard is defined as the area between the front building wall and inside sidewalk edge and the side property line to side property line.
Licensed Landscaping Contractor
To qualify for the landscape rebate, all landscape services and installation must be performed by qualified companies holding a valid City of Saskatoon Business License, Contractor License, or Non-Resident Contractor License.
On corner lots, the landscaping rebate also applies to the entire length of the side-yard which abuts the flanking street.
In no case shall the rebate exceed the invoiced cost of the front yard landscaping work.
Front Driveway Rebate
For attached garage lots, the following rebates are available:
- Aspen Ridge Phases 1-4, Kensington Phases 2-4, and Parkridge: a maximum of $6,000 rebate is available for the early completion of a hard surfaced front driveway.
- Building permits opened in 2020 or later: Maximum rebate ($6,000) paid for landscaping establishment within 18 months of permit issuance. No reduced amount will be paid out.
Acceptable Driveway Types
- Rebate eligibility is generally limited to the following concrete driveway types: broom-finished, stamped and coloured, exposed aggregate and pavers.
- Rebate eligibility for driveway types not listed above will be at the discretion of Saskatoon Land.
Terms and Conditions
Front driveway rebate eligibility is open to builders or individuals who purchased the lot directly from Saskatoon Land. Only the builder or individual who purchased the lot may apply for the rebate. All front driveway services and installations must be arranged by the lot purchaser. If the driveway is complete prior to the final payment of the lot, the option exists to have the rebate amount deducted from the final payment amount, evidenced by receipts, photo evidence from the home builder, and inspections by Saskatoon Land staff. Otherwise, rebates are paid out once the lot has been paid in full; and the property and dwelling meets all Architectural Controls and Rebate Program standards to the satisfaction of Saskatoon Land.
To qualify for the front driveway rebate, all front driveway services and installation must be performed by qualified companies holding a valid City of Saskatoon Business License, Contractor License, or Non-Resident Contractor License.
The front driveway rebate is eligible for the cost of the front driveway only. This rebate will not cover the cost for any portion of a retaining wall or walkway entrance.
Front Driveway Defined
The front driveway is defined as the area between the front attached garage and the inside edge of the sidewalk.
Lot Type Applicability
The front driveway rebate shall only apply to lots that require an attached garage. No rebate will be granted for the cost of constructing a garage pad for a detached garage.
Where an attached garage faces the side street and vertical curbing exists, the Transportation and Utilities Department (306-975-2460) must be contacted to determine the appropriate crossing allowances.
Application and Inspection
No rebate shall be granted until approval of the attached application and inspection of the work is completed.
Evergreen & Kensington Environment Incentives (For Lot Purchasers)
Saskatoon Land is committed to building environmentally sustainable communities and encourages environmentally friendly household practices by offering incentives to lot purchasers purchasing lots from Saskatoon Land in Evergreen and Kensington.
- A $500 administrative cost rebate will be given for homes certified through the ENERGY STAR® for New Homes Initiative in Canada, the EnerGuide Rating System Initiative, or the LEED Canada for Homes program.
Show Home Rebate (For Homebuilders)
To encourage and assist residential home builders in constructing and operating show homes on property which is available for sale through Saskatoon Land, a 10% discount off the purchase price of the lot is offered to eligible home builders after the show home has been in operation for a minimum of eight weeks. Builders must meet the following criteria. Show homes must be:
- Energy Star Qualified or LEED Canada for Homes Certified, R-2000 Certified or have a minimum EnerGuide Rating of 81.
- Open to the public for a minimum of 14 hours a week for a continuous eight-week period.
- Appropriately furnished and have a completed interior and exterior.
- Show homes opened between June 1 and September 30 must be grassed or turfed in the front yard.
- Cannot be occupied during the period when the incentives apply.
- A builder must purchase two other lots in the subdivision to be eligible for the first show home lot and a further two additional lots to be eligible for the second show home lot.
A contractor is eligible to designate a maximum of two show home lots in a given subdivision during a 12 month period. Financial assistance is available for only one show home at a time per subdivision. A builder must purchase two other lots in the subdivision to be eligible for the first show home lot and a further two additional lots to be eligible for the second show home lot. The show home must be in operation for a minimum of six weeks before Saskatoon Land will sell the contractor another show home lot in the same subdivision.
Home parades or other special types of show home promotions will be exempt from the two homes per year limit. These exemptions require approval of the Saskatoon Land Committee.
Redemption of Show home Rebates
Eligible builders must advise Saskatoon Land of the show home opening and closing dates.