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Commercial Inspections

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

Commercial Building Inspections

We conduct inspections for all commercial buildings, structures and equipment regarding foundations, framing and fire separations, interior and exterior claddings, rough-ins, and finishes.

Commercial Electrical Inspections
We conduct inspections of all wiring, electrical equipment/fixtures, and associated systems regarding electrical power sources and emergency connection services.
Commercial Plumbing / Mechanical Inspections
We conduct inspections of plumbing distribution and HVAC systems for all buildings as regulated through the requirements of The Manitoba Building Code and the Manitoba Plumbing Code.
Commercial Sign Inspections
We conduct inspections for all permanent commercial signs for structural, electrical and placement compliance.

Changes to all Commercial Inspections

In an effort to provide efficient and consistent service, commercial inspections offers applicants the opportunity to request an inspection appointment using an online form. A scheduler reviews the inspection request and coordinates an appointment time. Applicants will be contacted to confirm their inspection date. This process is being used for all inspection disciplines. Although we encourage the use of the online form, applicants may call 204-986-5190 for inspection requests.

Schedule your inspection by completing the Commercial Inspection Request Form. You will need to provide the following information:

  • Applicant name, email and phone number
  • Permit number (look up tool provided)
  • Property address
  • Floor/Unit Number (if applicable)
  • Type of inspection required
  • Site contact name and phone number
  • Please note there is a section in the form for comments or additional information. If there are any requirements to enter the space where the inspection has been requested, please provide them in this section.

The inspection stages indicated on the online form are for both progress and final inspections. Progress inspections are mandatory prior to requesting occupancy.

Please do not use the online form for electrical inspections where the site is occupied without power. Instead, call the Commercial Inspections office at 204-986-5190 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and indicate the condition. Call 311 outside business hours.

Further changes to the commercial inspections system are in progress and the website will be updated as they are implemented. Please continue to check your permit document for updated contact information.

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

As per Section 5 of 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.

Request for Inspection

Commercial inspections can be booked by completing the Commercial Inspection Request Form (preferred method) or by calling the Commercial Inspections office at 204-986-5190 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.


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: December 4, 2020

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