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Planning, Property and Development

Existing Building Inspections

If you have questions related to a matter or situation with an existing building or if you would like to make a complaint, call 986-5300, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

The Branch provides the following inspection services:

Unsafe conditions:

  • Per Section 12 of Winnipeg Building By-Law
  • Structurally unsound roofs, floors, walls or foundations in existing buildings (residential and commercial)
  • Unguarded openings, stairs, landings or balconies in existing buildings
  • Open excavations or unfenced private swimming pools
  • Falling debris from buildings

Vacant and derelict buildings:

Permit inspection services:
  • Special events permits; tents greater than 900 square feet
  • Building demolition permits (residential)
  • Residential care facilities up to 10 occupants
  • Temporary building permits
Residential Buildings Fire Safety Upgrading
The Existing Buildings Branch provides the following types of services:
  • Fire safety upgrading for existing residential buildings containing three or more suites, such as triplexes, four-plex, apartments, condominiums, convents, dormitories, hotels, motels, hostels and monasteries
  • The by-law requires installation and upgrading of building fire alarm systems, fire exits, fire escapes, emergency lighting, exit sign, fire doors and hardware, sprinkler systems, fire separations, fire fighter elevators and standpipe systems

The Existing Buildings Branch is responsible for the enforcement and inspections of all existing buildings (residential and commercial) governed by City of Winnipeg by-laws.The Branch works in concert with other City of Winnipeg departments, including police, health, fire and fire prevention, and with the Province of Manitoba Social Services Department.

Existing Building Inspectors and Districts
A map detailing the existing building inspector's names, districts, and phone numbers.

Last update: February 4, 2016