Permits provide citizens with a regulated process for works and activities that take place in the public right of way. This ensures minimal disruption of the movement of people and goods, and protection of the physical asset.
Permissions is a public service provided by several divisions of the Public Works Department to various clients. Permits are provided to undertake specific works or actions in the City of Winnipeg under the authority of the Public Works Department.
Anyone wishing to install, repair or alter a private approach (driveway access) is required to obtain an "Approach Construction Permit".
Crossing a city right-of-way onto private property at a location other than at an existing driveway approach such as mounting a curb and/or crossing a sidewalk requires a Crossing Permit. For more information and applicable fees contact:
At any time an excavation in or under a street, sidewalk or boulevard is done a "Cut Permit" is required. For more detailed information and fees, please call 204-986-3184.
Applicant shall, for each individual hydrant, make application for the use of water there from, and obtain a permit for the use of such hydrant. For more information regarding permits and fees, please call 204-986-3184
Vehicles that exceed the legal limits of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) or The City of Winnipeg Traffic By-law require permits. Effective April 2012, Manitoba Motor Carrier Permits and Development administers the issuing of Move Permits. For more information, please phone 204-945-3961 or toll free 1-877-812-0009.
When Spring Weight Restrictions are in affect, Move Permits on weight-restricted roads are administered by the City of Winnipeg. The two step process requires contacting:
- 204-451-0125 for an inspection;
- PWD-UOS-Permits@winnipeg.ca or phoning 204-986-6006 to obtain the final permit.
No connection, repair, alteration or reconnection shall be made to the underground portion of a sewer connection or drain either on the City street or on private property without first obtaining a permit from the City. The applicant shall pay the cost of installation of the water service connection from the street watermain to the property line. The service may be installed only by the employees of the Water and Waste Department or by a person licensed by the City (Licensed Sewer and Water Contractor) to perform that type of work. The permit application shall be supplemented by any plans, specifications, or other information considered pertinent. If work occurs on a regional roadway, applicant will also require a Use of Street permit. For more information, please call 204-986-6006.
All activities that impede or temporarily occupy the Street (commonly referred to as the right-of-way) require a Use of Street permit. There are different types of Use of Street permits depending on the activity, described below. Various conditions are applicable specific to each permit.
Fees may apply including permit, administrative, street rental, temporary traffic control placement and parking meter revenue loss. A General Liability insurance policy in the amount of $2,000,000.00 is required, adding The City of Winnipeg as an additional named insured. Permits must be on site and available for examination by Inspectors, Constables or Agents of Enforcement.
The Traffic Management Branch must be contacted for permission to work on a Regional Street in accordance with Section 2.00 of the Manual of Temporary Traffic Control in addition to obtaining a Use of Street permit. Regional street lane closures can be requested using the Regional Street Lane Closure Request Form.
To enquire about obtaining a Use of Street permit please email PWD-UOS-Permits@winnipeg.ca or phone 204-986-6006.
There are several different types of Use of Street Permits:
Annual Curb Lane Usage
This permit allows the permit holder to deposit or store equipment, materials, garbage, waste materials or any other thing on a limited section of a street where parking is permitted up to a maximum of three days or to operate a crane extending over a street. This permit does not apply to parking of licensed vehicles, including trailers not actively in use by a tradesperson in the immediate vicinity.
This permit allows the permit holder to close and occupy a specific area of the street with equipment and materials for a defined period of time. Depending on the scale of the project, construction drawings may be required.
This permit allows the permit holder to occupy a specific portion of the street for a defined period of time period with trucks while loading and/or unloading.
A permit is required to occupy a regional street with equipment when installing, altering or repairing a sewer/water/sprinkler line connection to private property.
Street Festival, Marathon and Film Production
All Street Festivals, Marathons and Film Productions that occupy portions of the street require Use of Street permits. Applications should be made through the City of Winnipeg Film and Special Events Office.
Street Festival and Marathon closures that are community oriented or non-profit may be eligible for the special events cost sharing grant from the Public Works Department. The grant is capped so distribution is first come, first serve. For more information on the grant, please contact 311.
The Street Furniture permit authorizes the temporary placement of street furniture in the right-of-way. Street furniture includes but is not limited to bicycle racks, public art installations, benches, vending machines and seasonal decorations. A dimensioned sketch of the placement is required. Permanent installations are considered encroachments and are administered by the Property, Planning and Development Department.
Block Parties are closures of residential streets by the local residents and do not include closures by a business or for business purposes like sales, promotions, company events, festivals or extending business premises to the right-of-ways. Sidewalks must always be kept open and pedestrians allowed passage. All Block Parties require Use of Street Permits.
Conducting Business on a Boulevard
The permit authorizes the use of a boulevard to conduct business with a readily movable cart including a mobile food unit. A boulevard does not include a sidewalk, median or traffic island.
A Parking Authority Support Vehicle Permit can be obtained from the Winnipeg Parking Authority allowing parking of a support vehicle while operating a nearby mobile vending unit.