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Residential Buildings Fire Safety By-law 4304/86

The Residential Buildings Fire Safety By-law 4304/86 sets out core fire safety standards for residential buildings and was implemented on a staged basis from 1986 to 1996. The City implemented the by-law over a 10-year period to recognize the impacts to building owners and to provide enough time to come into compliance.

Over the years, the majority of buildings that needed to come into compliance have done so. However, for any buildings that have not come into full compliance, the City will issue penalties.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can I learn more about By-law 4304/86?

By-law 4304/86 can be viewed at:

Why did the City decide to impose a penalty for building owners for not being in full compliance with By-law 4304 after so many years?

By-law 4304 was implemented over a 10-year period from 1986 to 1996, to recognize the impacts to building owners, allowing them plenty of time to come into compliance. Because a number of buildings are still not in compliance, the City decided to pass on the costs of By-law enforcement directly to non-compliant building owners, removing the financial responsibility from taxpayers.

Do the building owners know that they were non-compliant?

While ownership may have changed over the years, the due diligence process of a property sale should include determining the status of the building through an inquiry to the City. Any inquiries from building owners would have resulted in a compliance status report, informing building owners about any compliance issues. Each property has had a different history of contact and engagement with the City.

How can a building owner verify that their building is compliant with the By-law?

The building owner needs to determine what elements of the requirements remain in non-compliance and then make the investment to address any issues. This information could be obtained in part through any previous correspondence or Orders from the City regarding outstanding issues. Building owners can also contact their assigned City inspector. Another option available to building owners is to engage an architect or engineer to certify that their building is compliant.

What is the City’s plan to ensure buildings are in compliance on a move-forward basis?

Once full compliance is achieved, the City shares a report with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, who then accept the responsibility to conduct periodic inspections to ensure on-going compliance is maintained.

Last update: May 24, 2017