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The following brochures and booklets provide information on the building regulations required for 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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Department By-Laws
All City of Winnipeg By-laws - The City Clerk's Department
Downtown Winnipeg Zoning By-law No. 100/04
A City of Winnipeg By-law that controls and regulates the use of property and development in Downtown Winnipeg.
Taking Title to Vacant and Derelict Buildings By-law No. 89/2010
A City of Winnipeg By-law that establishes a process for taking title to vacant and derelict buildings pursuant to Part 5, Division 4 of The City of Winnipeg Charter.
Vacant Buildings By-law No. 79/2010
A City of Winnipeg By-law that regulates the condition of vacant buildings and discourages the boarding of vacant buildings.
Winnipeg Building By-law No. 4555/87
Winnipeg Electrical By-law No. 77/2015, including Technical Interpretations
Winnipeg Zoning By-law No. 200/06
A City of Winnipeg By-law that promotes the orderly use and development of land and the location of buildings and structures in the City of Winnipeg, except lands covered by the Downtown Winnipeg Zoning By-law No. 100/04.
The Winnipeg Zoning By-law No. 200/06

Top 10 Question Brochure on By-law 200/06

Homeowner Building Code Information
Airport Vicinity Acoustic Insulation
A 16-page booklet providing an overview of City of Winnipeg By-law 6419/94 that establishes minimum acoustic insulation requirements for buildings within the Airport Vicinity Protection Area.
Basement Development - Rec Rooms
A 20-page brochure outlining construction requirements for the development of basements in residential buildings, including building code, plumbing, and electrical permit information as well as the inspection process.
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.
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.
Detached Garages, Sheds & Gazebos
A 36-page booklet outlining the construction, zoning and electrical requirements for residential garages, sheds and gazebos.
House Additions
A 20-page guide about the plans required when applying for a building permit for a house addition.
New House Construction
A 20-page booklet about the plans required when applying for a building permit for new house construction, including information on documents and plans, requirements for plumbing and electrical permits, and material specifications.
Security Bars on Residential Windows
Learn about Manitoba Building Code requirements for security bars on residential windows.
Swimming Pools
A 20-page booklet outlining the construction requirements and building permit application and inspections process for swimming pools.
Homeowner Electrical Information
Electrical Installations
A 32-page homeowners' guide for electrical installations in single- family dwellings, detached garages and sheds.
Electrical and Plumbing Permits
Learn about the permit and inspection processes for electrical and plumbing permits related to additions, rec rooms and new single-family homes.
Flooded Buildings - Procedures for Electrical Inspection
Learn about the procedures to be followed to prepare for an electrical inspection of a building that has been flooded.
Homeowner Miscellaneous Information
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.
Building Permits
Learn about the importance of obtaining a building permit, along with helpful lists of projects that do and do not require a permit.
Construction Regulations Along City Waterways
Learn about the City's Waterway By-law and 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.
Housing Permits
Once a permit has been issued, fees may be charged in certain circumstances related to the number of inspections, time to undertake the work, and administration associated with a residential permit. Learn about important responsibilities and considerations for homeowners.
Post-permit issuance Fee Schedule for Housing Permits
Rates listed are based on 2017 rates and subject to annual increases.

New Home Master Plans Approval Program
Learn about the New Home Master Plans Approval Program available to builders that provides a five-day permit approval time for properly completed applications.
Professional Engineer & Residential Construction
Learn about general guidelines about the involvement of a professional engineer in residential construction, how to retain their services, and where to find Building Code information and requirements.
Ramps (Wheelchair Ramps)
Learn about Building Code requirements for wheelchair ramps and review a helpful illustration with dimensions.
Real Estate Listing Order to Comply
A guideline for homeowners who have received an Order to Comply about electrical, plumbing and building upgrades that require permits.

Secondary Suites
General guidelines for homeowners establishing attached or detached secondary suites.
Attached Secondary Suites
Zoning and construction guidelines for homeowners establishing attached secondary suites.

Detached Secondary Suites
Zoning and construction guidelines for homeowners establishing detached secondary suites.

Small Tent/Canopies on Private Residential Properties
A general guideline on the use of small tent/canopy structures.
Student Housing, Boarders, and Rooming Houses
Learn about zoning and building code issues related to providing housing for students or boarders, as well as rooming houses.
Trailer Wind Anchorage
Learn about anchorage requirements for mobile homes and trailers.
Homeowner Plumbing Information
Electrical and Plumbing Permits
Learn about the permit and inspection processes for electrical and plumbing permits related to additions, rec rooms and new single- family homes.
Plumbing Installations
An 18-page homeowner's guide to plumbing requirements for single-family dwellings.
Sump Pit Installation Guide
Learn about guidelines and helpful illustrations for the installation of a sump pump and pit for an existing single-family home.
Sump Pits & Pumps
Learn about 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, known as weeping tile.
Homeowner Zoning Information
Fences
Learn about zoning regulations for the placement of fences in residential areas.
Non-Residential Building Code Information
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.
Assembly Occupant Loads
Learn about Building Code requirements for Occupant Loads for Assembly Spaces (spaces regularly used for a gathering of people for a variety of reasons).
Free-Standing Signs - Structural Requirements
Learn about information required to be shown on the structural plans and when to apply for a free-standing sign permit.
Life Safety Tests in Buildings
An 8-page booklet outlining general requirements and responsibilities of consultants, contractors, the City’s authority, and building owners in ensuring that Life Safety tests are performed in the appropriate manner in buildings where they are required.
Multi-storey, Multi-tenant Buildings
Learn about guidelines and a checklist for permit application submissions for interior alterations and occupancy work in multi-storey, multi-tenant buildings.
Housing Conversion
Guidelines for the conversion of a house to commercial use.
Special Events
Special Events Permit Application

Special Events Permits (temporary tents, large stages, bleachers, etc.)
Learn about requirements for permit approval of temporary tents, large stages, large bleachers, and other temporary installations for special events.

Special Events Permits for Small Tents
Learn about the permit application process, Building Code and Fire Department requirements for tents that are less than 900 square feet, used on a temporary basis for a special event.

Non-Residential Electrical Information
Electrical Plan Requirements for New Construction
Learn about information required for electrical drawings for new construction of commercial and industrial buildings.
Electrical Requirements of the Winnipeg Building By-law
Learn about locating requirements in the Manitoba Building Code that may be relevant to those involved in electrical design, inspections, installation, or maintenance.
Electromagnetic Locks
Learn about electrical and building by-law requirements for the installation of electromagnetic locks.
Emergency Lighting & Exit Signs
Learn about emergency lighting and exit signs in commercial and industrial tenant spaces, including definitions, and applicable information from the Manitoba Building Code.
Requirements for Commercial Electrical Permit Applications
A 13-page document detailing requirements for document submissions when applying for a commercial electrical permit.
Non-Residential Mechanical Information
Commercial Cooking Equipment
Learn about requirements related to ventilation control, fire protection, and owner/user responsibilities for the use and maintenance of commercial cooking equipment.
Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning
Learn about requirements for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning in commercial or industrial buildings.
Repair and Service Garages
Learn about by-law requirements for garages and vehicle service areas.
Woodworking Shops
Learn about electrical and mechanical requirements for wood working shops.
Non-Residential Miscellaneous Information
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.
Non-Residential Plan Submissions for Building Permits
Building and Site Design Summary - Version 2.03
A 31-page document and checklist to be completed and submitted with all permit applications for commercial projects involving new construction and additions.

For applications submitted on or after December 1, 2014
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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
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Download Only Section 4 - Structural Design Summary
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Download Only Section 4 - Mechanical Design Summary
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Download Only Section 4 - Electrical Design Summary
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Download Only Section 5 - Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings (MECB) Declaration of Professional Responsibility of the Coordinating Registered Professional (CRP)
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Download Only Section 6 - Owner Statement
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Building Design Summary Partial Plan Submission for a Foundation Only Permit
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Building Design Summary Plan Submission for a Shell Only
This application is intended for 1 storey Group D, E, or F Shell Only Buildings.
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Building Design Summary Simplified Version - Version 2.03
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.
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Download Only Simplified Architectural Design Summary
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Building Permit Submissions for Commercial Projects - Version 2.01
To assist applicants in understanding the "Submission for an Application to Build" that must accompany each permit application.
Commercial Alteration Design Summary (CADS) - Version 1.0
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Guide for CADS - Version 1.0

Non-Residential Richardson Report
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
Building analysis, for compliance with life safety provisions of the Manitoba Building Code, for the conversion of existing and heritage buildings for Residential and Business and Personal Services occupancies.
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

Non-Residential Zoning Information
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.
Rezoning Applications
Application procedure for rezoning property without creating new or modifying existing lots.
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.
Pedestrian Connections
Pedestrian Connections
Private development requirements for pedestrian routes.
Sidewalk Patio Information
Application Steps for a Sidewalk Patio
Learn about the process, standards and expectations for creating sidewalk patios associated with food and drink establishments.
Last update: November 21, 2017