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The following brochures and booklets provide information on the building regulations required for the legal construction in Winnipeg.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information contained in these publications. However, in the event of a discrepancy between these brochures and the governing City of Winnipeg By-law, the By-law will take precedence.

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   HOMEOWNER BUILDING CODE INFORMATION
PDF Airport Vicinity Acoustic Insulation
A 16-page booklet providing an overview of City of Winnipeg By-law 6419/94, which establishes minimum acoustic insulation requirements for buildings within the Airport Vicinity Protection Area.
1,741 KB  | Download

PDF Basement Development - Rec Rooms  
A 20-page brochure outlining the permit application process and construction requirements for the development of basements in residential buildings, including building code, plumbing, and electrical permit information as well as the inspection process.
856 KB  | Download | En Français

PDF Decks
A 24-page booklet outlining the zoning and construction requirements for construction of open, uncovered decks on residential buildings, including FAQ's, documents required, zoning, structural specifications and the location and hours of the Permits Office.
2,386 KB  | Download | En Français

PDF Design Coordinated Application Plans Approval Program
An 8-page booklet outlining the process for members of the Manitoba Home Builders Association to follow to expedite permit applications.
482 KB  | Download

PDF Detached Garages, Sheds & Gazebos
A 36-page booklet outlining the construction, zoning and electrical requirements for residential garages, sheds and gazebos.
2,528 KB  | Download | En Français

PDF Fireplaces/Woodstoves
A 2-page pamphlet providing a guide to the installation of wood stoves and fireplaces, including permit requirements, installation requirements, inspections and enforcement.
1,072 KB  | Download

PDF House Additions
A 20-page guide to the plans required when applying for a building permit for a house addition.
2,685 KB  | Download | En Français

PDF New House Construction
A 20-page booklet providing a guide to the plans required when applying for a building permit for new house construction, including information on documents and plans to bring along, requirements for plumbing and electrical permits and material specifications.
1,654 KB  | Download

PDF Security Bars on Residential Windows
A 2-page brochure outlining Manitoba Building Code requirements for security bars on residential windows.
370 KB  | Download

PDF Swimming Pools
A 20-page booklet outlining the construction requirements and building permit application and inspections process for swimming pools.
368 KB  | Download | En Français

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   HOMEOWNER ELECTRICAL INFORMATION
PDF Electrical Installations
A 32-page homeowners’ guide for electrical installations in single- family dwellings, detached garages and sheds.
2,556 KB  | Download | En Français

PDF Electrical and Plumbing Permits
A 2-page pamphlet outlining the permit and inspection processes for electrical and plumbing permits related to additions, rec rooms and new single- family homes.
1,261 KB  | Download

PDF Flooded Buildings - Procedures for Electrical Inspection
A 2-page pamphlet outlining the procedures to be followed to prepare for an electrical inspection of a building that has been flooded.
395 KB  | Download

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   HOMEOWNER PLUMBING INFORMATION
PDF Electrical and Plumbing Permits
A 2-page pamphlet outlining the permit and inspection processes for electrical and plumbing permits related to additions, rec rooms and new single- family homes.
1,261 KB  | Download

PDF Plumbing Installations
An 18-page homeowner’s guide to the City of Winnipeg’s plumbing requirements for single-family dwellings.
1,208 KB | Download | En Français

PDF Sump Pit Installation Guide
A 2-page pamphlet providing guidelines and helpful illustrations for the installation of a sump pump and pit for an existing single-family home.
733 KB  | Download | En Français 

PDF Sump Pits & Pumps
A 2-page pamphlet highlighting Section 23 of Winnipeg By-law 4555/87 – The Winnipeg Building By-law, which deals with subsurface drainage. Section 23 requires sump pits and pumps in all new buildings that have a subsurface drainage system, which is a weeping tile.
401 KB  | Download

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   HOMEOWNER ZONING INFORMATION
PDF Central Air Conditioners
A 2-page brochure outlining zoning regulations for the placement of air conditioners in a yard.
  • The required front, side and rear yard separations (distances) from lot lines and neighbouring homes are provided and illustrated.
  • Permits Office location and hours of operation (including free designated customer parking) are included
760 KB  | Download

PDF Fences
A 2-page guide to zoning regulations for the placement of fences in residential areas.
754 KB  | Download | En Français

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   HOMEOWNER MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION
PDF Do I Need a Building Permit?
A 2-page pamphlet outlining typical projects requiring a permit, what a building permit is and why it is required, the value of the permit to the homeowner and the location and hours of the Permits Office.
888 KB  | Download | En Français

PDF The Housing Inspections Program
2-page brochure outlining a new approach to carrying out inspections for residences.
489 KB  | Download

PDF New Home Master Plans Approval Program
A 2-page pamphlet describing the New Home Master Plans Approval Program that is available to builders, and provides a 5-day permit approval time for properly completed applications.
1,186 KB  | Download

PDF The Professional Engineer & Residential Construction
A 2-page brochure providing general guidelines on the involvement of a professional engineer in residential construction, how to retain their services, and where to find Building Code information and requirements.
285 KB  | Download

PDF Ramps (Wheelchair Ramps)
A 2-page pamphlet providing a guide to the Building Code requirements for wheelchair ramps, and includes a helpful illustration with dimensions.
665 KB  | Download

PDF Small Tent/Canopies on Private Residential Properties
A general guideline on the use of small tent/canopy structures,
977 KB  | Download

PDF Trailer Wind Anchorage
A 2-page brochure outlining wind anchorage requirements for mobile homes and trailers.
522 KB  | Download

PDF Construction Regulations Along City Waterways
A 2-page pamphlet providing a high level overview of the City’s Waterway By-law and outlines the requirements for construction within the “regulated area” along Winnipeg’s waterways as well as when a Waterway Permit is required, and how and where to apply for one.
501 KB  | Download

PDF Secondary Suites and Attached Secondary Suites
A general guideline for homeowners for establishing secondary suites.
654 KB  | Download


Attached Secondary Suites Building Guide
454 KB  | Download


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   NON-RESIDENTIAL PLAN SUBMISSIONS FOR BUILDING PERMITS

Interior / Exterior Alterations Design Summary (IADS) - Version 1.0 (March 5, 2013)
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 Open the complete Word Document version       PDF   Download complete pdf version  | 155 KB
Guide for IADS Version 1.0 (March 5, 2013)
     PDF   Download complete pdf version
 | 564 KB


PDF A Guide to the Building Permit Submissions for Commercial Projects - Version 2.01 (May 25, 2012)
To assist applicants in understanding the "Submission for an Application to Build" that must accompany each permit application,
403 KB  | Download


Building and Site Design Summary - Version 2.02 (January 27, 2014)
A 31-page document and checklist to be completed and submitted with all permit application submissions for commercial projects involving new construction and additions.
     word document    Open the complete Word Document version       PDF   Download complete pdf version  | 360 KB

Download Only Section 1 - Application Information
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Download Only Section 2 - Site Plan Checklist
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Download Only Section 3 - Zoning Submissions
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Download Only Section 4 - Full Architectural Design Summary
     word document     Open as a Word Document          PDF     Open as a PDF Document

Download Only Section 4 - Electrical Design Summary
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Download Only Section 4 - Mechanical Design Summary
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Download Only Section 4 - Structural Design Summary
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Building Design Summary Simplified Version - Version 2.02 (January 27, 2014)
A short-form version of the Building and Site Design Summary that can be used for commercial projects involving new construction or additions to 1-storey, Group D, E and F buildings.
     word document    Open the complete Word Document version       PDF   Download complete pdf version | 323 KB

Download Only Simplified Architectural Design Summary
     word document     Open as a Word Document          PDF     Open as a PDF Document



Building Design Summary Partial Plan Submission for a Foundation Only Permit
   word document    Open as a Word Document       PDF   Open as a PDF Document | 220 KB



Building Design Summary Plan Submission for a Shell Only
This application is intended for 1 storey Group D, E, or F Shell Only Buildings
    word document    Open as a Word Document       PDF   Open as a PDF Document | 299 KB


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   NON-RESIDENTIAL RICHARDSON REPORT
PDF The Fire Risk Indices for the Application to the Rehabilitation and Re-Use of Existing Buildings in Manitoba for Residential and Business and Personal Services Occupancies, January 1, 2012
Building analysis, for compliance with life safety provisions of the MBC, for the conversion of existing and heritage buildings for Residential and Business and Personal Services occupancies.
435 KB  | Download

 

with individual downloads for:
Worksheet for Part 2 of Richardson Report
Worksheet for Part 3 of Richardson Report
Worksheet for Part 4 of Richardson Report
Worksheet for Part 5 of Richardson Report


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   NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CODE INFORMATION
PDF Airport Vicinity Acoustic Insulation
A 16-page booklet providing an overview of City of Winnipeg By-law 6419/94, which establishes minimum acoustic insulation requirements for buildings within the Airport Vicinity Protection Area.
1,741 KB  | Download

PDF Trailer Wind Anchorage
A 2-page brochure outlining wind anchorage requirements for mobile homes and trailers.
522 KB  | Download

PDF What is the Building Permit Process for other than housing
A 2-page pamphlet providing a guide to the stages and requirements in applying for a building permit for new construction and additions.
447 KB  | Download

PDF Free-Standing Signs - Structural Requirements
A 2-page pamphlet indicating what information is required to be shown on the structural plans when applying for a free-standing sign permit
313 KB  | Download

PDF Life Safety Tests in Buildings
An 8-page booklet outlining general requirements and responsibilities of consultants, contractors, the City Authority and building owners in ensuring that Life Safety tests are performed in the appropriate manner in buildings where they are required.
410 KB  | Download

PDF Multi-storey, Multi-tenant Buildings
A 2-page pamphlet providing guidelines and a checklist for permit application submissions for interior alteration and occupancy work in multi-storey, multi-tenant buildings.
821 KB  | Download

PDF Assembly Occupant Loads
A 2-page pamphlet outlining the Building Code requirements for Occupant Loads for Assembly Spaces (spaces regularly used for a gathering of people for a variety of reasons).
683 KB  | Download

PDF Ramps
A 2-page pamphlet providing a guide to the Building Code requirements for wheelchair ramps, and includes a helpful illustration with dimensions.
665 KB  | Download

PDF Residential Conversion
Guidelines for conversion of residential buildings to commercial use,
699 KB  | Download

PDF Special Events Permits (temporary tents, large stages, bleachers, etc.)
A 2-page pamphlet outlining requirements for permit approval of temporary tents, large stages, large bleachers and other temporary installations for special events.
921 KB  | Download
PDF Special Events Application Form
164 KB  | Download

PDF Special Events Permits for Small Tents
A 2-page pamphlet outlining the permit application process and the Building Code and Fire Department requirements for tents that are under 900 square feet, used on a temporary basis for a special event.
647 KB  | Download

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   NON-RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICAL INFORMATION
PDF Electrical Requirements of the Winnipeg Building By-law
A 2-page guide to assist in locating requirements in the Manitoba Building Code that may be relevant to those involved in electrical designs, inspections, installation or maintenance.
825 KB  | Download

PDF Electrical Plan Requirements for New Construction
A 2-page brochure outlining the information required for electrical drawings for new construction of commercial and industrial buildings.
353 KB  | Download

PDF Help Us Help You A Guide to Requirements for Commercial Electrical Permit Applications
A 13-page document detailing requirements for document submissions when applying for a commercial electrical permit.
294 KB  | Download

PDF Electromagnetic Locks
A 2-page guide to the electrical and building by-law requirements for the installation of electromagnetic locks.
412 KB  | Download

PDF Emergency Lighting & Exit Signs
A 2-page pamphlet providing a guide to emergency lighting and exit signs in commercial and industrial tenant spaces, including definitions, and applicable excerpts from the Manitoba Building Code.
667 KB  | Download

PDF Fire Alarm Verifications
A 1-page document outlining qualifications for personnel conducting verification of fire alarm systems in the City of Winnipeg.
23 KB  | Download

PDF Flooded Buildings - Procedures for Electrical Inspection 
A 2-page pamphlet outlining the procedures to be followed to prepare for an electrical inspection of a building that has been flooded.
395 KB  | Download

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   NON-RESIDENTIAL MECHANICAL INFORMATION
PDF Commercial Cooking Equipment
A 2-page pamphlet provides an overview of the requirements that pertain to ventilation control, fire protection, and owner/user responsibilities for the use and maintenance of commercial cooking equipment.
766 KB  | Download

PDF Repair and Service Garages
A 2-page pamphlet providing a guide to the by-law requirements for garages and vehicle service areas.
251 KB  | Download

PDF Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning
A 2-page brochure outlining requirements for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning in commercial or industrial buildings.
375 KB  | Download

PDF Woodworking Shops
A 2-page guide to the electrical and mechanical requirements for wood working shops.
328 KB  | Download

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   NON-RESIDENTIAL ZONING INFORMATION
PDF Short Form Subdivision Applications
Application procedure for subdividing property where no new public street or lane is being created and a zoning change is not required,
669 KB  | Download

PDF Long-Form Subdivision Applications
Application procedure for subdividing property where a new public street or lane is being created and/or a zoning change is required,
740 KB  | Download

PDF Rezoning Applications
Application procedure for rezoning property without creating new or modifying existing lots,
381 KB  | Download

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   NON-RESIDENTIAL MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION
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Accessibility Design Standards
The accessibility requirements for the design and construction of new facilities, as well as the retrofit, alteration or addition to existing facilities, owned, leased or operated by the City of Winnipeg,
8,563 KB  | Download

PDF Construction Regulations Along City Waterways
A 2-page pamphlet providing a high level overview of the City’s Waterway By-law and outlines the requirements for construction within the “regulated area” along Winnipeg’s waterways as well as when a Waterway Permit is required, and how and where to apply for one.
501 KB  | Download

PDF Best Management Practices Handbook for Activities In and Around the City's Waterways and Watercourses,
If you are undertaking a project or routine maintenance activity near a waterway, this handbook applies to your work.
7,773 KB  | Download

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   DEPARTMENT BY-LAWS
  Downtown Winnipeg Zoning By-law No. 100/04
A By-law of the City of Winnipeg to control and regulate the use of real property and development in Downtown Winnipeg

  Winnipeg Zoning By-law No. 200/06
A By-law of the City of Winnipeg to promote the orderly use and development of land and the location of buildings and structures in the City of Winnipeg, excepting lands covered by the Downtown Winnipeg Zoning By-law No. 100/04
 
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The Fees and Charges By-law No. 196/2008 and as shown in The City of Winnipeg Fees and Charges Schedule, 2013. (effective January 1, 2013)
Fees and charges for development applications, permits, and related matters, imposed under this by-law and The Planning, Development and Building Fee By-law and The Vacant Building By-law.

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The Fees and Charges By-law No. 196/2008 and as shown in The City of Winnipeg Fees and Charges Schedule, 2014. (effective January 1, 2014)
Fees and charges for development applications, permits, and related matters, imposed under this by-law and The Planning, Development and Building Fee By-law and The Vacant Building By-law.

399 KB  | Download


PDF Winnipeg Electrical By-law No. 104/2012, including Technical Interpretations
782 KB  | Download

Winnipeg Building By-law No. 4555/87
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PDF Vacant Buildings By-law No. 79/2010
A By-law of the City of Winnipeg to regulate the condition of vacant buildings and to discourage the boarding of vacant buildings.
312 KB  | Download

PDF Taking Title to Vacant and Derelict Buildings By-law No. 89/2010
A By-law of the City of Winnipeg to establish a process for taking title to vacant and derelict buildings pursuant to Part 5, Division 4 of The City of Winnipeg Charter
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  All City of Winnipeg By-laws
A link to the City Clerk's Department
   


Last update: February 19, 2014
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