Development and Building Permits

All construction, renovation, demolition, and changes in activity on a parcel require some sort of municipal permit. This can include:

  • Building a new home or attachment to your home;
  • Starting a new business;
  • Digging a trench for sand, gravel, or other aggregate collection;
  • Digging a basement;
  • Pouring or constructing a driveway;
  • Conducting structural renovations;
  • Building a deck or pool;
  • Building a detached garage or accessory building; and
  • Building a new building, solar farm, wind farm, or greenhouse.

Some projects may require a development permit, while others require a development permit and a building permit. No matter what type of project you are undertaking, unless you already have a development permit for your parcel, you must apply for a development permit as a first step.

What's the difference between a Development Permit and a Building Permit?

Development Permit: A permit required under the RM's Zoning Bylaw. A development permit outlines what uses are allowed on a site and how those uses fit within the requirements of zoning regulations. Acquiring a development permit is the first step for all projects that alter or may affect your property.

Building Permit: A permit required under the RM's Building Bylaw and mandated by the National Building Code of Canada. A building permit ensures that all new buildings, alterations to existing buildings, changes to building use, and building demolitions meet national safety standards.

Depending on the property's zoning (for example, agricultural, residential, or commercial) and the type of use (for example, home-based business, single-family dwelling, greenhouse, restaurant, or trade yard), you may have to apply for a discretionary use development permit. If you are unsure if your use is considered discretionary, please contact the RM Planning Department at (306) 347-2965 or by email at

To learn more about the discretionary use permitting process, click here

Click below to read the most recent PBI (Professional Building Inspections) Newsletter:

PBI Brochure - February 2024

Note: Please apply for your development or building permit at least 4 to 6 weeks before construction is scheduled to begin to allow time for our Development Officer to review your application. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.

Depending on the project type, there are different forms you must fill out and submit to the RM. If you are doing multiple projects at once (for example, building a house, digging a basement, and pouring a driveway), you must submit an application for each project. Some project types (and their associated forms) include:

Project TypeExample of ProjectRelevant Forms
ResidentialBuilding a home(depending on if you are building in Fairway South)
Residential Permit Package
OR Fairway South Permit Package
BasementDigging a basementBasement Permit Package
RenovationMaking structural renovations to an existing structure or basementRenovation Permit Package
AccessoryBuilding an accessory building, like a garage or shedAccessory Building Permit Package
DeckBuilding a deckDeck Permit Package
Building a commercial or industrial building or operating a businessCommercial Permit Package
Farm Building
Building an agricultural building that is under 600 m2
Farm Development Permit Application
Installing permanent signage
Development Permit Application
Temporary Signage
Installing temporary or portable signage
Temporary/Portable Permit Package
DrivewayPouring or installing a driveway or approachDriveway Permit Application
Pole BuildingBuilding a pole-style buildingPole Building Permit Package
Ready-to-MoveInstalling a ready-to-move (RTM) building(depending on the type of RTM)
RTM Application
OR Mobile Home Permit Package
Solar PanelsInstalling solar panelsSolar Panel Installation Application
Swimming PoolDigging or installing a swimming poolDevelopment Permit Application
DemolitionDemolishing an existing structure or basementDemolition Permit Application
Relocating or moving an existing structure
Move Permit Application
Minor Variance
Requesting minor changes (up to 10%) to setback distances between buildings and property lines or other buildings
Minor Variance Application Form

Please fill out the relevant form and submit it to the RM Office by dropping it off in-person, mailing it to 100 Hutchence Road, Emerald Park, SK, S4L 1C6, or emailing it to

If you are unsure what category your project falls under, please contact the RM Planning Department at (306) 347-2965 or by email at