A building permit from the City of Winnipeg provides legal authorization to begin construction of a building project. If you are going to build, add, renovate or alter any part of your building or residence, or perform work on electrical or plumbing systems, ensure that a permit has been obtained prior to starting any work. Permits provide a mechanism for the City to engage in a review of plans and/or audits of construction through inspections to help ensure that the work is in compliance with all building and electrical codes, and other relevant City by-laws such as zoning.
Did You Know?
- Whether you do the work yourself, or hire a contractor or builder, homeowners are legally responsible for obtaining construction-related permits for projects.
- A permit helps to ensure your project incorporates safety and other required standards – keeping families, renters and homeowners safe.
- Completing the permit process can facilitate a smooth future sale of your home. Winnipeg realtors and home buyers often research past work completed on properties, to ensure projects were built with proper permits.
- If you need help navigating the permit process, the Permit Office is here to help. Call us at 204-986-5140.