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Market value is the most probable price a property might be expected to realize if it sold on the open market, by a willing seller to a willing buyer. Assessors do not create your property value. The marketplace determines the value of your property and that value is the basis for property assessment.
In determining property assessments, assessors use sales records of similar properties to determine values. An excellent way for property owners to look at property values in Wetaskiwin is to review the real estate section of the newspaper, visit realtor.ca to view recent listings, and speak with local real estate agents.
It is agreed throughout North America that the market value assessment is the most fair and equitable way to assess a property's value. It ensures that homes with similar market values within the same neighbourhood and within the same city will pay similar property taxes.
Alberta was one of the last jurisdictions in North America to switch to market value assessment. The old assessment methods worked on an eight-year cycle and sometimes led to dramatic swings in property values. Market value assessment uses annual reassessments to minimize fluctuations.
Provincial legislation requires all municipalities to annually prepare a new assessment or evaluation for all properties located in each municipality at market value. Assessments are completed by July 1, prior to taxation.
Mass appraisal is the process of preparing assessments for a group of properties using standard methods, common data, and allowing for statistical testing.
The City of Wetaskiwin has two cemeteries:
The City of Wetaskiwin required three (3) full business days for burial requests.
Call the Operations Facility office at 780.361.4436 to schedule.
The fee schedule is listed on the City of Wetaskiwin Cemeteries page.
Call the Operations Facility office at 780.361.4436 for more information.
Yes! We allow up to four (4) urns (cremations) to to interred with an already occupied lot. The only exception is if the person who is already buried in a plot is a veteran. Spouses are the only ones allowed to be buried on a veteran plot.
Call the Operations Facility office for more information at 780.361.4436.
No! As per City Bylaw 1880-17, for any cremation burials, please contact the Operations Facility office at 780.361.4436.
Visit the City of Wetaskiwin Cemeteries page for more details.
For any full body burials, please contact a licensed funeral home (as per the Province of Alberta Cemeteries Act).
The Wetaskiwin Cemetery (north of the water tower) only has mausoleum vaults available for sale.
The Wetaskiwin Memorial Cemetery (south of the hospital) has full body and cremation plots, and columbarium niches available for purchase.
Yes! Contact the Operations Facility office at 780.361.4436 to arrange to have a staff member from the public works department show you what is available.
You will need:
The funeral home should provide that for you at no cost.
You will have to contact a monument company as the City of Wetaskiwin does not install monuments. There is a monument permit required for all new monuments and inscription changes.
See the City of Wetaskiwin Cemeteries page for more details or call the Operations Facility office at 780.361.4436.
If you have already purchased a full body plot, but you have changed your plans to include a cremation rather than a full body burial, you may still use your plot for a cremation interment. However, you can only have up to two (2) urns interred on the plot.
Basic engraving on the door of the niche is included, as well as opening and closing of the niche door.
Perpetual care will be an additional cost.
Perpetual care is a one-time fee that is charged per interment to help cover the cost of maintenance and care of the cemeteries (mowing, snow removal, etc.).
Yes! However, as per the Province of Alberta Cemeteries Act, municipalities are only required to pay back 85 per cent of the current market value of the plot and all other pre-paid fees will be forfeited.
The City of Wetaskiwin will require a letter in writing of your intention to sell your plot back to the City of Wetaskiwin and proof of ownership before proceeding with any reimbursement (deed, proof of executor of the estate, etc.).
Call the Operations Facility office at 780.361.4436 for more details.
You're always welcome to phone our main line at 780.361.4400 and reception will help direct your call to the appropriate person or department.
Wetaskiwin has many fun things to offer visiting family and friends! We recommend that you check out our Visitor Guide for some great ideas.
Please call our main line at 780.361.4400 and reception will be happy to connect you with the appropriate person or city department.
If you're interested in receiving updates and alerts from the City of Wetaskiwin, please visit www.wetaskiwin.ca/notifyme and sign up to set your preferences.
Wait until the hydrant flushing is done in your area and then run the cold water tap until the water runs clear. If you have a water softener and are experiencing discoloured water, place the unit into regeneration or cleaning mode after hydrant flushing is completed in your area.
Remember rust coloured water is safe, but it may stain laundry. If this happens, keep clothes wet and treat them with stain remover.
If you were home when the flushing was going on and you turned on your water, your water may be discolored because you are drawing in the water as the city’s system is flushing it and stirring up the minerals and iron.
If your neighbours were not home all day and returned home in the evening and turned on their tap when no flushing was occurring, they most likely will not notice any discoloration.
The City of Wetaskiwin conducts water sampling every day and performs bacteriological tests once a week as well. The City also takes requests for sampling from the public if they notice a strange taste or odour in their tap water. You can call the utility office at 780.361.4453 to request a water sample.
Sometimes residents who live beyond the limits of the area where hydrant flushing is being performed will notice rust-coloured water. The City’s utility personnel are making every attempt to keep these impacts to a minimum while continuing to maintain safe drinking water.
Senior citizens who are local homeowners can apply to the government for tax relief as long as they have a minimum of 25 per cent equity in their home. Visit www.seniors-housing.alberta.ca for more information. All other tax payment options can be discussed if required, however, penalties will be applied in non-payment situations.
As you would expect improved road, sidewalk and curb and gutter in front of your home may make your property more valuable, but no, the assessed value of your property will not increase as a direct result of the local improvement.
Property owners in your area will be asked to contribute a percentage of the cost of roads and sidewalks only. The utility work is funded through the City of Wetaskiwin utility reserve.
The local improvement charge is only charged to properties that are deemed to benefit from the proposed reconstruction. Notices are only sent to the residents where a local improvement is being considered. There is a specific order of events which either the City or Residents initiate a local improvement. Please refer to the Local Improvement Process.
The Infrastructure Surcharge Reserve (received through property taxes) is limited to use for maintenance of existing road infrastructure (overlays), sidewalk infrastructure (spot repairs or connectors), trail and park systems (trail overlays or extensions and existing park routine rehabilitation) and building envelope projects. Policy #1807: Infrastructure Surcharge, does not differentiate between use for city-wide projects vs site specific locations.
No, the local improvement tax stays with the property and the remaining payments become the responsibility of the new owner, unless paid-out at the time of sale.
Yes, communities such as Ponoka, Medicine Hat, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Camrose, and Grande Prairie—to name a few—all use local improvement taxes.
Below is some information the City of Wetaskiwin has collected regarding other communities that have local improvement plans.
If you disagree with the road classification, please contact legislative services directly. They will explain how you can approach council to have your concerns heard.
The Manluk Centre is a world-class aquatics and fitness centre which includes the following features:
Yes, it does. If you choose to leave throughout the day and wish to return please ask a front desk attendant for a day pass to show upon return.
It is a 10-punch admission card.
As long as they are 16 years of age or older. No one under 16 is allowed to work out in the fitness unless actively supervised by an adult 18 years of age or older.
Any time! You can sign up at any point throughout the year. The City of Wetaskiwin utility office will assist you throughout the sign-up process.
Yes. The monthly utility payment program will renew automatically each year unless you call the utility department to cancel your subscription at 780.361.4453.
Yes. You will still receive a paper invoice every 2nd month so that you can keep track of your utility account. We are still looking into paperless e-billing, and will let you know when we have more information about that service.
It will vary from person to person. The amount of your monthly payment will be calculated by averaging the previous 12 months of your utility usage.
No. Your payment amount will be the same each month and will be withdrawn automatically from your bank account on the same day each month.
Your payment amount will be based on an average of your previous 12 months of usage. Some months when you are not using as much water, you may have a small credit in your account. This credit will be carried forward and will help to offset any higher water usage during months when your consumption is higher.
You will be responsible for paying any invoice amount over and above what your monthly payments cover. If there is still an amount owing on your account after your monthly payments have been applied, that unpaid balance will be subject to a 3% penalty if no payment is forthcoming.
Any adjustments to your monthly payment amount will be made once per calendar year. You will receive correspondence notifying you of any changes at this time.
Any matters affecting life safety requires permits. Generally speaking, whenever building, adding on to, renovating, or relocating a structure, you will require one of all or the following permits: building, electrical, gas, plumbing or private sewage.
The major benefit of obtaining a permit is knowing the installation conforms to the safety standards that have been adopted under the Safety Codes Act of Alberta and that inspections will be provided by a certified safety codes officer.
You can contact the Superior Safety Codes offices at 1.866.99.4777 and a safety codes officer will be more than happy to answer your questions.
Yes. A development permit deals with municipal bylaw requirements such as zoning and any restrictions on what type of building you may be able to construct. Development permits are strictly issued by the municipality.
A building permit ensures construction projects comply with the requirements of the Alberta Building Code. Receiving inspections during construction is also part of the building permit process. Building permits are issued by Superior Safety Codes and, in some instances, the municipality.
Electrical, gas, plumbing and private sewage permits may also be required depending on the nature of the project. Please consult one of Superior Safety Codes’ offices.
If you are hiring certified contractors to do the work, they should be obtaining the required permits.
If you are doing the work yourself, you can obtain the permits provided you are the owner and you live or will be living at the premises (some restrictions may apply).
Services include, but are not limited to, a plans examination report, technical advice, site inspections and reports, and a final status report (Permit Services Report).
Permits are typically valid for one year, provided work is commenced within 90 days of permit issuance and the project is not suspended for more than 120 days and time extensions may be granted upon written request.
Providing you have not started the work and the permit has not expired, you may be entitled to a refund. A processing charge may apply.
We request that you give at least two (2) days notice for proper scheduling.
A garage can be built on a slab providing it is no larger than 55 square meters. If you exceed 55 square meters then engineering will be required.
Yes. Your home was built off-site to a standard, however, the onsite work such as the foundation/or blocking, stairs and landing still fall under the Alberta Building Code requirements and need to be permitted.
You are only required to bring the effected systems up to today’s standards. It is however; highly recommended to bring all systems up to date.
If you have to make alterations to your gas piping and/or venting, you will require a permit.
Yes, if the deck will be 2 feet or greater above grade, you will require a building permit.
Yes, unless the intended use of the pole shed is strictly as a farm building on land designated for agricultural use. Pole sheds requiring engineering due to the nature of their construction materials.
The City maintains all roads in Wetaskiwin, including parts of Highway 13 and Highway 2A that fall within the city limits and Wetaskiwin Regional Airport. During the winter, City staff work to prepare and respond to snow events as directed by the Winter Street Maintenance Policy.
The 2023 snow removal budget for Transportation is approximately $339,100.
Correct. Plowing will remove accumulated snow down to the level of the snowpack.
Priority 1 roads (Location A/red on map) will be plowed or sanded within 48 hours of a snowfall event; they will be plowed if snow accumulation is over 5 cm, sanded if under 5 cm. Priority 2 (Location B/blue on map) routes will be plowed within 72 hours, and all other plowing will be done as needed. See the Initial Snow Plow Map HERE.
Priority 1 roads (Area 1/green on map) will be windowed within 48 hours if the snow accumulation of snowpack is more than 5 cm. Priority 2 roads (Area 2/pink on map) will be windrowed within 72 hours of a 5–10 cm snowfall/pack. Priority 3 roads (Area 3/blue on map) will be windrowed within 96 hours of a 10+ cm snowfall/pack. See the Initial Snow Removal Map HERE.
All snow plowing and removal is done on an as needed basis. Residential snow removal is normally done once per winter season after all other priority roads are cleared and once the snowpack has reached a minimum of 15 cm.
No. According to policy, alleys are to be cleared at the discretion of administration. However, if you believe an alley or back lane has become a public safety concern, please submit a ticket via our Citizen Reporting Tool.
Wetaskiwin uses sand on its roadways to help provide traction to both vehicles and pedestrians. Sand is preferrable to salt as it is less corrosive on vehicles and more environmentally friendly to freshwater ecosystems, soil, vegetation, and wildlife.
Yes, sand and gravel are currently available for free at the Wetaskiwin Recycling Centre. Just bring your own bucket and fill up.
The City will advertize at least 24 hours prior to snow removal. Crews from Public Works will place wedgeboards throughout the targeted area. The City’s website and social media channels will share maps of snow removal routes. Email and text notifications will be sent out via Notify Me.
Snow removal begins at 7 a.m. unless otherwise specified.
The City has two snow storage dump sites: one near Walmart in the southwest part of the city and one east of the Wetaskiwin Regional Fire Training Facility. View the Snow Storage Dump Sites Map HERE.
Yes. Parking enforcement will take place along the advertised snow removal routes in residential areas. There will be a 24-hour parking ban for the day listed on the wedgeboard. Residents with a vehicle parked on a snow removal route could face a fine of up to $200, as outlined in the City’s Traffic Bylaw.
If your municipal violation ticket is not paid after 30 days a provincial ticket will be issued. Vehicle owners will have to pay the provincial ticket prior to renewing their annual vehicle registration.
Aside from moving your vehicles from the street, it would be appreciated if you removed any driveway/curb ramps that may be in front of your property. Also, keep in mind, you should not be shoveling any snow from your property onto the roadway.
Service levels may be affected by many things, including but not limited to: available staff, council-approved budget, equipment failures, and extreme weather conditions. Reminder: residential snow removal is normally done once per winter season after all other priority roads are cleared and once the snowpack has reached a minimum of 15 cm.
If you have questions about snow maintenance, please call the Operations Facility at 780.361.4436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a non-emergency snow or ice removal concern, please submit a request using our Citizen Reporting Tool. If residents want to share their thoughts on the levels of service provided by the City, please reach out directly to City Council.
No. While the wastewater consumption charge was originally supposed to be applied as of January 2018, it was not applied to customer invoices until October 1, 2018. The City of Wetaskiwin is not retroactively charging ratepayers for the months the charge was not levied.
The current fee structure allows ratepayers to control the amount they are billed by moderating their water consumption. This means that the less water you use, the less you will have to pay. There are many ways to begin conserving water, including shortening your showers and not letting the water run while brushing your teeth. Read more water saving tips.
If you have noticed a large change in your utility bill amount, we suggest you take the following steps:
We are currently reviewing all our customer files to ensure we are not billing for wastewater consumption if a customer is not connected to a City sewer line. Refunds will be issues to those who qualify once the review is complete. Please contact the utilities office at 780.361.4453 for additional information.
Wetaskiwin's population is 12,594, according to the 2021 Statistics Canada census.
Wetaskiwin is approximately 52 km (or a 35 minute drive) south of Edmonton. Downtown Wetaskiwin to downtown Edmonton is approximately 70 km.
The provincial courthouse is located at 4605 51 Street in Wetaskiwin.Phone: 780.361.1258
Wetaskiwin is 93 km (or just under a one hour drive) north of Red Deer via the Queen Elizabeth II Highway.
There are several schools, kindergarten through Grade 12, in the city. Please go to the Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools website at wrps11.ca for complete details.
The Reynolds-Alberta Museum is located 2.5 km west of Wetaskiwin on Highway 13.Phone: 780.312.2065
Yes, the off-leash Bark Park is located on the northwest corner of By-The-Lake Park with vehicle access from 64 Street and a grass trail access linking from the existing asphalt trail that surrounds the lake.
Wetaskiwin's By-the-Lake Park is located at 6128 56 Avenue (1 km west of the historic water tower on 56 Avenue). It is open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily.
Public washrooms are available at the following locations:
The Wetaskiwin Regional Airport is certified by Transport Canada and is located at 6301 47 Avenue.Phone: 780.352.5858
The Wetaskiwin Recycling Centre is located at 5707 51 Street. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Sani-dump is located at 5707 51 Street. You are also able to fill your water tank at this location using a coin operated water truck fill system.
There is a coin operated refill station located at 5707 51 Street. The RV Sani-dump is also located at this address.
The Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre is located at 6910 47 Street.
Motor Vehicle Services (Wetaskiwin Registries) can be found at 3725 56 Street, on the east side of the Wetaskiwin Mall.Phone: 780.352.7450
Yes, we do! The Wetaskiwin Farmer's Market is held every Wednesday at the Wetaskiwin Agricultural Grounds (on Highway 13, just east of the hospital) from 3–7 p.m.
Wetaskiwin is proud to have the Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Aquatic & Fitness, which houses the swimming pool and lots of other great aquatic activities! It is located at 4510 50 Ave. For more information, visit www.manlukcentre.ca.
Wetaskiwin's Recreation Grounds are located at 4514 50 Avenue.
Co-op Place (formerly the Civic Centre: Twin Arenas & Drill Hall) is located at 4519 50 Avenue.Phone: 780.361.4445
Wetaskiwin currently has two soccer fields:
Yes! The City of Wetaskiwin requires businesses who are operating within city boundaries to have a business licence. Licences are to ensure our Land Use Bylaw is being adhered to and to make sure that businesses are in compliance with zoning classification. Visit the Business Licence webpage or call 780.361.4400 for more information.
Reach out to us! We have access to valuable market information and insight on operating a business in Wetaskiwin. Please call Raelene Coffey at 780.361.4420 or visit the Invest Wetaskiwin website at wetaskiwin.ca/806/Starting-a-Business to find out more.