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Residential Private Approach

For all:

Single family residential private approaches on NON-REGIONAL STREETS
(P2 Collector/Bus Routes and P3 Residential streets)

and you wish to construct:
  • Walkways (which adjoin to the curb of the street)

Contact:
Technology Services Branch
Contact: 311
Email: pwdpermits@winnipeg.ca

Download:

By-law: Private Access By-law No. 49/2008

Additional links: Public Works Residential Non-Conforming Approach Applications

Residential private approach ON a Regional (P1) street or Commercial Approaches:
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Residential Private Approach FAQ:

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Is a Permit required to construct a private approach, or to modify/reconstruct an existing approach?

Yes. In all cases a construction permit must be obtained. The permit assists in the control of approach construction in the right-of-way, and ensures that the approach is inspected for conformance with by-law regulations.

For Commercial private approaches and Residential private approaches on Regional Streets:

Traffic Engineering Divison, Public Works Department
1155 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg MB R3E 3P1

Permits:

Prior to commencing construction of any type of approach, a construction permit must be obtained at:

Customer Services Division, Public Works Department
107-1155 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg MB R3E 3P1

Construction work must commence within 2 years from the date the construction permit is issued.

What information do I require to make an application?
You should present a copy of a Surveyor's Building Location Certificate showing the location and dimensions of the proposed approach. As an alternative, a well drawn site plan showing all property dimensions, locations of buildings and the location and dimensions of the proposed approach may be acceptable.
How can I obtain a Buildings Location Certificate?
Most home-owners already have this document - it usually comes with the purchase of a house. A Manitoba Land Surveyor (see Yellow Pages) can provide the certificate.
What if my application does not conform with the Private Approaches By-law?
If the approach does not conform with the By-law you will be issued a letter informing you why the application is non-conforming and advising you of the process to follow should you wish to make an appeal to the applicable Community Committee for residential approaches or to the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works for commercial approaches.
Who may construct an approach?

Only a Licensed Contractor may construct, remove, relocate or modify a private approach.

A list of Licensed Private Approach Contractors is available from: Customer Services Division, Public Works Department
107-1155 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg MB R3E 3P1

Are there City Standards that must be followed when Constructing a private walk/approach?

Yes. Minimum standards are provided in the booklet Guide to Constructing Private Approaches and Walks. These minimum standards in no way prevent you from constructing an approach that exceeds these standards.

See: Standard Construction Specifications

There is a manhole in the boulevard in the location where I wish to construct my private approach. How will this affect my approach?
The Water and Waste Department (contact 311) will make any necessary grade adjustments to the manhole/catchbasin. If the approach is to be concrete it will be necessary for you to construct an isolation. Curb/gutter inlets that are in conflict with a private approach will also be adjusted or replaced.
Who is responsible for repairing a Private Approach?
The owner of the approach is responsible for the cost of reconstruction, reinstallation, repair, alteration or maintenance. Should a private approach deteriorate to an unsafe condition the City can give written notice to the owner ordering the repairs to be done at the owner's cost.
I have an existing approach that is no longer required. Am I responsible for the cost of removing it?
Yes, the owner is responsible for the cost of removal of an existing private approach or part thereof.
The street pavement is being renewed. Will I be required to pay for any necessary alterations to my private approach?
No. Whenever the City widens, reconstructs or resurfaces a pavement and thereby necessitates alteration or reconstruction of a lawful private approach the City shall assume the costs unless the approach is not constructed to the same standard as the abutting street, in which case the City may assess the cost of improving the approach against the benefiting property.
A City Water and Waste Department crew removed a part of my approach while carrying out a repair to the WATERMAIN. Will they be repairing the approach?
Yes. When the City, a utility company or others do work in a street that damages a lawful private approach the person responsible for the damage shall assume the cost of restoring the approach to its prior condition by replacing that portion of the approach that was damaged.
My approach that was inspected by the City of Winnipeg has cracked. Is the City liable?
Yes. When the City, a utility company or others do work in a street that damages a lawful private approach the person responsible for the damage shall assume the cost of restoring the approach to its prior condition by replacing that portion of the approach that was damaged.
Why are approach widths regulated?

The Private Approaches By-law regulates the width of approaches to:

  • provide an area for snow storage;
  • reduce the costs of maintaining underground utilities;
  • limit damage to grassed boulevards from corner cutting;
  • provide green space;
  • allow space for on street parking;
  • benefit aesthetics.
Can vehicles be parked/stored on private approaches?

No. The Winnipeg Parking By-law 86/2016 prohibits the parking/storage of vehicles on the City boulevard. The approach is considered to form part of the City boulevard.

Read more about Common Parking Violations: Parking on a Boulevard .


Last update: March 6, 2017