Development and Building Permits

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

  • 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 new home or attachment to your home, and
  • Building a new building, solar farm, wind farm, greenhouse, or other type of building

Some projects may require a development permit, while others will require a development permit and building permit. If you are unsure whether your project requires a development or building permit, please contact the RM Planning Department at (306) 347-2965 or by email at

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

There are also other types of permits, including Driveway or Approach Permits, Temporary Development Permits, Signage Permits, and Seasonal Development Permits. To learn more about these unique permit types, please click here.

What is 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.

If you would like to apply for a development permit and/or building permit, please click here.

Note: As of January 1st, 2022, all farm buildings in Saskatchewan require a building permit. If you would like to apply for an exemption under the Construction Codes Act, please fill out this form and submit it to the RM Planning Department by email at or by dropping it off at our office at 100 Hutchence Road, Emerald Park SK.

To learn more about development permit or building permit requirements and fees, please contact the RM Planning Department at (306) 347-2965 or by email at