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Planning Property and Development

Brochures and By-laws

brochures and bylaws

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
Downtown Winnipeg Zoning By-law No. 100/04
A By-law of the City of Winnipeg to control and regulate the use of real property and development in Downtown Winnipeg

Winnipeg Zoning By-law No. 200/06
A By-law of the City of Winnipeg to promote the orderly use and development of land and the location of buildings and structures in the City of Winnipeg, excepting lands covered by the Downtown Winnipeg Zoning By-law No. 100/04

The Fees and Charges By-law No. 77/2009 and as shown in The City of Winnipeg Fees and Charges Schedule, 2016.
On March 22, 2016 Council adopted the 2016 Operating Budget for the Planning, Property and Development Department. The budget adjusted the following fees which come into effect on April 1, 2016:
  • Land Development Applications
  • Variance and Conditional Use Applications
  • Some Zoning Related Services and Approvals
  • Encroachment Applications
On March 23, 2016, Council adopted the results of a Comprehensive Fee Review that adjusts all other fees charged for various permits and services. These changes come into effect on June 1, 2016.


Winnipeg Electrical By-law No. 77/2015, including Technical Interpretations
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Winnipeg Building By-law No. 4555/87
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Vacant Buildings By-law No. 79/2010
A By-law of the City of Winnipeg to regulate the condition of vacant buildings and to discourage the boarding of vacant buildings.
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Taking Title to Vacant and Derelict Buildings By-law No. 89/2010
A By-law of the City of Winnipeg to establish a process for taking title to vacant and derelict buildings pursuant to Part 5, Division 4 of The City of Winnipeg Charter
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All City of Winnipeg By-laws - The City Clerk's Department
Homeowner 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.
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Basement Development - Rec Rooms
A 20-page brochure outlining the permit application process and construction requirements for the development of basements in residential buildings, including building code, plumbing, and electrical permit information as well as the inspection process.
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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.
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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.
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Detached Garages, Sheds & Gazebos
A 36-page booklet outlining the construction, zoning and electrical requirements for residential garages, sheds and gazebos.
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House Additions
A 20-page guide to the plans required when applying for a building permit for a house addition.
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New House Construction
A 20-page booklet providing a guide to the plans required when applying for a building permit for new house construction, including information on documents and plans to bring along, requirements for plumbing and electrical permits and material specifications.
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Security Bars on Residential Windows
A 2-page brochure outlining Manitoba Building Code requirements for security bars on residential windows.
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Swimming Pools
A 20-page booklet outlining the construction requirements and building permit application and inspections process for swimming pools.
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Homeowner Electrical Information
Electrical Installations (October, 2015)
A 32-page homeowners’ guide for electrical installations in single- family dwellings, detached garages and sheds.
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Electrical and Plumbing Permits
A 2-page pamphlet outlining the permit and inspection processes for electrical and plumbing permits related to additions, rec rooms and new single- family homes.
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Flooded Buildings - Procedures for Electrical Inspection
A 2-page pamphlet outlining the procedures to be followed to prepare for an electrical inspection of a building that has been flooded.
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Homeowner Miscellaneous Information
Do I Need a Building Permit?
A 2-page pamphlet outlining typical projects requiring a permit, what a building permit is and why it is required, the value of the permit to the homeowner and the location and hours of the Permits Office.
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The Housing Inspections Program
2-page brochure outlining a new approach to carrying out inspections for residences.
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New Home Master Plans Approval Program
A 2-page pamphlet describing the New Home Master Plans Approval Program that is available to builders, and provides a 5-day permit approval time for properly completed applications.
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The Professional Engineer & Residential Construction
A 2-page brochure providing general guidelines on the involvement of a professional engineer in residential construction, how to retain their services, and where to find Building Code information and requirements.
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Ramps (Wheelchair Ramps)
A 2-page pamphlet providing a guide to the Building Code requirements for wheelchair ramps, and includes a helpful illustration with dimensions.
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Small Tent/Canopies on Private Residential Properties
A general guideline on the use of small tent/canopy structures,
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Trailer Wind Anchorage
A 2-page brochure outlining wind anchorage requirements for mobile homes and trailers.
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Construction Regulations Along City Waterways
A 2-page pamphlet providing a high level overview of the City’s Waterway By-law and outlines 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.
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Secondary Suites and Attached Secondary Suites
A general guideline for homeowners for establishing secondary suites.
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Attached Secondary Suites Building Guide
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Student Housing, Boarders, and Rooming Houses
Information for Homeowners and Landlords.
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Homeowner Plumbing Information
Electrical and Plumbing Permits
A 2-page pamphlet outlining the permit and inspection processes for electrical and plumbing permits related to additions, rec rooms and new single- family homes.
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Plumbing Installations
An 18-page homeowner’s guide to the City of Winnipeg’s plumbing requirements for single-family dwellings.
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Sump Pit Installation Guide
A 2-page pamphlet providing guidelines and helpful illustrations for the installation of a sump pump and pit for an existing single-family home.
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Sump Pits & Pumps
A 2-page pamphlet highlighting 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, which is a weeping tile.
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Homeowner Zoning Information
Fences
A 2-page guide to zoning regulations for the placement of fences in residential areas.
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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.
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Trailer Wind Anchorage
A 2-page brochure outlining wind anchorage requirements for mobile homes and trailers.
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What is the Building Permit Process for other than housing
A 2-page pamphlet providing a guide to the stages and requirements in applying for a building permit for new construction and additions.
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Free-Standing Signs - Structural Requirements
A 2-page pamphlet indicating what information is required to be shown on the structural plans when applying for a free-standing sign permit
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Life Safety Tests in Buildings
An 8-page booklet outlining general requirements and responsibilities of consultants, contractors, the City Authority and building owners in ensuring that Life Safety tests are performed in the appropriate manner in buildings where they are required.
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Multi-storey, Multi-tenant Buildings
A 2-page pamphlet providing guidelines and a checklist for permit application submissions for interior alteration and occupancy work in multi-storey, multi-tenant buildings.
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Assembly Occupant Loads
A 2-page pamphlet outlining the Building Code requirements for Occupant Loads for Assembly Spaces (spaces regularly used for a gathering of people for a variety of reasons).
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Ramps
A 2-page pamphlet providing a guide to the Building Code requirements for wheelchair ramps, and includes a helpful illustration with dimensions.
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Residential Conversion
Guidelines for conversion of residential buildings to commercial use,
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Special Events Permits (temporary tents, large stages, bleachers, etc.)
A 2-page pamphlet outlining requirements for permit approval of temporary tents, large stages, large bleachers and other temporary installations for special events.
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Special Events - Application Form
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Special Events Permits for Small Tents
A 2-page pamphlet outlining the permit application process and the Building Code and Fire Department requirements for tents that are under 900 square feet, used on a temporary basis for a special event.
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Non-Residential Electrical Information
Electrical Requirements of the Winnipeg Building By-law
A 2-page guide to assist in locating requirements in the Manitoba Building Code that may be relevant to those involved in electrical designs, inspections, installation or maintenance.
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Electrical Plan Requirements for New Construction
A 2-page brochure outlining the information required for electrical drawings for new construction of commercial and industrial buildings.
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Help Us Help You - A Guide to Requirements for Commercial Electrical Permit Applications
A 13-page document detailing requirements for document submissions when applying for a commercial electrical permit.
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Electromagnetic Locks
A 2-page guide to the electrical and building by-law requirements for the installation of electromagnetic locks.
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Emergency Lighting & Exit Signs
A 2-page pamphlet providing a guide to emergency lighting and exit signs in commercial and industrial tenant spaces, including definitions, and applicable excerpts from the Manitoba Building Code.
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Fire Alarm Verifications
A 1-page document outlining qualifications for personnel conducting verification of fire alarm systems in the City of Winnipeg.
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Flooded Buildings - Procedures for Electrical Inspection 
A 2-page pamphlet outlining the procedures to be followed to prepare for an electrical inspection of a building that has been flooded.
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Non-Residential Mechanical Information
Commercial Cooking Equipment
A 2-page pamphlet provides an overview of the requirements that pertain to ventilation control, fire protection, and owner/user responsibilities for the use and maintenance of commercial cooking equipment.
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Repair and Service Garages
A 2-page pamphlet providing a guide to the by-law requirements for garages and vehicle service areas.
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Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning
A 2-page brochure outlining requirements for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning in commercial or industrial buildings.
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Woodworking Shops
A 2-page guide to the electrical and mechanical requirements for wood working shops.
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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,
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Construction Regulations Along City Waterways
A 2-page pamphlet providing a high level overview of the City’s Waterway By-law and outlines 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.
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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.
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Non-Residential Plan Submissions for Building Permits

Commercial Alteration Design Summary (CADS) - Version 1.0 (November, 2015)
Formerly known as Interior / Exterior Design Summary (IADS)
Open the complete Word Document version | Download complete pdf version

Guide for CADS - Version 1.0 (November, 2015)
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A Guide to the Building Permit Submissions for Commercial Projects - Version 2.01 (May 25, 2012)
To assist applicants in understanding the "Submission for an Application to Build" that must accompany each permit application,
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Building and Site Design Summary - Version 2.03
A 31-page document and checklist to be completed and submitted with all permit application submissions 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
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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 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 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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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, (January 1, 2012)
Building analysis, for compliance with life safety provisions of the MBC, for the conversion of existing and heritage buildings for Residential and Business and Personal Services occupancies.
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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
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,
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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,
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Rezoning Applications
Application procedure for rezoning property without creating new or modifying existing lots,
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Pedestrian Connections
Pedestrian Connections
Private development requirements for pedestrian routes.
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Sidewalk Patio Information
Application Steps for a Sidewalk Patio
This document lays out the process, standards and expectations for creating sidewalk patios associated with food and drink establishments.
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Last update: April 29, 2016