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Planning, Property & Development

For interior occupied residential inspections, only an Alternate Video Inspection is permitted, as inspectors are not entering dwellings at this time. All evening and Saturday time slots are suspended until further notice.

The department is continuing to offer commercial and new build residential (unoccupied) inspections.

In addition, the Zoning & Permits Branch, located at 31-30 Fort St., is not accepting walk-in customers. Permit applications are being processed; however, applications must be submitted digitally.

Visit the COVID-19 website for a comprehensive listing of service impacts.

Commercial Inspections

The Commercial Inspections Branch provides building, plumbing/mechanical, and electrical inspection services.

Commercial Building Inspections

We conduct inspections for all commercial buildings, structures and equipment regarding foundations, structural/non-structural framework, interior and exterior claddings, rough-ins, and finishes.

Commercial Electrical Inspections
We conduct inspections of all wiring, electrical equipment/fixtures, alarm systems, and associated systems regarding electrical power sources.
Commercial Plumbing / Mechanical Inspections
These inspections are regulated through the requirements of The Manitoba Plumbing Code for all types of buildings.
Commercial Sign Inspections
We conduct inspections for all permanent commercial signs for structural, electrical and placement compliance.

Interim Changes to Commercial Building
and Plumbing/Mechanical Inspections

In response to customer demand and current staffing constraints, temporary changes in process have been put in place for building and plumbing/mechanical inspections. The following changes are designed to improve current service delivery.

Building and Plumbing/Mechanical Inspections

  1. Please call 204-986-5190 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or email to submit your inspections request. Please provide the following information with your inspection request:
    • Subject line: Commercial Inspection Request
    • Permit Number
    • Address of the Property
    • Suite/Unit Number (If Applicable)
    • Desired Inspection Date
    • Desired Inspection Time
    • Type of Inspection Required (ex. Mechanical Rough-In)
    • Contact Name and Phone Number
  2. Your request will be received and logged by the Commercial Inspections Intake Centre team and forwarded to the Inspections Branch for review. Please note, same day inspections cannot be guaranteed. You will be contacted when your request has been processed.
  3. Given current volumes of inspection requests, several new processes have been established to help review, prioritize and process building and plumbing/mechanical requests:
    • Major or complex projects (including but not limited to large scale new construction, alterations, multi-story/multi-tenancy alterations, multi-residential, high hazard and commercial demolitions) are prioritized for commercial inspections by the City. If your project fits into this category, you will be contacted by a City inspector regarding an inspection time.
    • For projects not deemed to be major/complex and where professionals and/or licensed contractors are involved, the City may accept Progress Reports, Professional Certifications and/or Licensed Contractor Declarations coupled with supporting information, as an alternative to certain inspection requirements in accordance with Section 483(3) of the City of Winnipeg Charter. If your project fits into this category, you will be contacted by the Inspections Branch to explain what information is required to allow your project to proceed.
    • For smaller scale commercial proposals that do not involve professionals and/or licensed contractors, the scope of work will be reviewed to determine how best to address inspection requirements. If your project fits into this category, you will be contacted by the Inspections Branch to explain how your inspections request will be processed.
    • Due to current demands for Occupancy Permits, the City may issue an "Open-ended Interim Occupancy Permit" (as applicable), to ensure ongoing response to industry requests and volumes.

Note: If the City chooses to waive an immediate commercial building, plumbing/mechanical or occupancy inspection, these projects may be subject to an inspection audit in the future. Please refer to inspection audit information below.

We will be monitoring this interim strategy and making adjustments as required.

Electrical Inspections

We are currently transitioning Electrical Inspection requests to the Commercial Inspections Intake Centre where requests will be received, logged, and forwarded to the Inspections Branch for review.

  • Please continue to call the phone number on your permit.
  • If your inspection district has already transitioned (districts A, E, and signs), your call will be automatically redirected to the Intake Centre and these calls will be taken in the order that they are received.
  • Alternatively and for your convenience, the Intake Centre will take calls on behalf of Electrical Inspectors at 204-986-5190.
  • Please note, same day inspections cannot be guaranteed.

Further changes to our inspections system are in progress and we will update the webpage as they are implemented. Please continue to check your permit document for updated contact information.

You may discuss questions with the Inspections Branch when you are contacted regarding the items noted above.

As per The Winnipeg Building By-law, it is the responsibility of the owner of a building to ensure that every part of the building is in compliance with the Codes that were in effect at the time of construction, alteration, or renovation. This requirement applies whether or not the owner owned the building at the time that the building or part of the building was constructed, altered, or renovated.

We are committed to ensuring that construction in Winnipeg is compliant with all applicable City of Winnipeg by-laws, codes, and standards.

Inspection Audit

The City of Winnipeg will be conducting audits of permits processed under the Commercial Inspection Interim Strategy to review for compliance of building, plumbing/mechanical, and electrical codes, standards and by-laws. To learn more about the audit process, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below.

Audit FAQ: 

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What projects are eligible to be selected for audit?

Projects that did not receive a final inspection in accordance with the Commercial Inspections Interim Strategy from July 1 – December 31, 2019 are eligible for audit.

Does an audit apply to all commercial inspection types?

The audit applies to commercial building, plumbing/mechanical, and occupancy final inspections.

How are audits determined?

Audits are generated by random selection from the City's permit database.

How and when will I be notified of an audit?

You will be contacted during the week of January 27, 2020.

Will I be notified if I’m not selected for audit?

Yes, you will receive a permit closure notification via email during the week of February 3, 2020.

If my project is not selected for audit and I want a final inspection, can I request one?

Yes. Please contact the Commercial Inspections Brach at or 204-986-5190 to request an inspection.

If my project is selected for audit will I be expected to uncover construction?

The City will make every effort to conduct the inspection based on the final condition of the construction.

What happens if defects are found during the inspection?

If defects are found, you are responsible for correcting them and requesting a re-inspection by contacting the Commercial Inspections Branch at or 204-986-5190.

What happens to my Open Ended- Interim Occupancy Permit if defects are found during an audit?

There will be no impact to the status of your Open-Ended Interim Occupancy Permit unless the City identifies major life safety issues or unsafe conditions. However, you will be required to correct the defects and request re-inspections by contacting the Commercial Inspections Branch at or 204-986-5190.

After an audit, how do I receive a final occupancy permit?

Upon permit closure, a final occupancy permit will be automatically issued by the Occupancy Office, which will supersede the Open-Ended Interim Occupancy Permit for the permit address. Please note: No action is required to request your Final Occupancy Permit. However, processing times for Occupancy Permits may vary.

If my project is not selected for audit and my permit is closed without a final inspection, what status will my permit have on the Search for Issued Construction Related Permits webpage?



Closed No Final Inspection Required

This permit is closed. A final inspection was not required and this permit was not selected for audit. No further action is required.

Inspections Districts Maps
Maps detailing the commercial inspector's districts and contact information.

Electrical Information Centre
Provides electrical information in brochures, by-laws, and forms.

Mechanical and Plumbing Info Centre
Provides mechanical and plumbing information in brochures, by-laws, and forms.

Last update: May 14, 2020

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