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Planning, Property & Development

Housing Inspections

Commercial and housing in-person inspections of occupied dwellings have resumed, and are subject to COVID-19 pre-screening at time of request and at time of inspection. Alternate and virtual inspections continue to be offered.

Please be advised that all evening and Saturday time slots are suspended until further notice.

The Zoning & Permits Branch, located at 31-30 Fort Street, is not accepting walk-in customers and permit applications must be submitted digitally.

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

Les inspections en personne commerciales et résidentielles d’habitations occupées ont repris. Une évaluation préliminaire liée à la COVID-19 est faite au moment de la demande et au moment de l’inspection. Les inspections complémentaires et virtuelles sont encore offertes.

Veuillez noter qu’aucun créneau horaire n’est offert en soirée ou le samedi jusqu’à nouvel ordre.

La Direction du zonage et des permis, au 30, rue Fort, porte 31, ne prend pas les clients sans rendez-vous, et les demandes de permis doivent être soumises en format numérique.

Visitez le site Web sur la COVID-19 pour voir la liste intégrale des services touchés.

The Housing Inspections Branch conducts audit inspections associated with permits issued in the following areas of housing construction: new building construction, additions, renovations/alterations, accessory structures, and changes of use. Please note that all projects that require a permit also require inspections.

Mandatory Audit Inspections

Once a permit has been issued, site inspections need to be conducted by a City of Winnipeg housing inspector to audit the status of the project and assess compliance with applicable codes, standards, and by-laws. Homeowners are responsible for ensuring compliance. You are required to call for an inspection in two instances: upon completion of rough-in work (and prior to covering with drywall, interior finishes or concrete slabs); and at final completion of your construction project.
Learn more about mandatory inspections for various types of permits.

Types of Inspections:

  • Building - from the foundation, structural framework, and interior finishing of housing structures, up to and including the roof
  • Plumbing - from three feet outside the building (basement) foundation wall, all drainage waste/venting and potable water pipes
  • Mechanical - indoor mechanical systems installed in the residence including heating, ventilation, and sump systems
  • Electrical - interior and exterior wiring, and lighting of a residence

Note: Housing inspections does not inspect propane and/or natural gas equipment, piping or utility installations.

Request for Inspection

Housing inspections can be booked by completing the Housing Inspection Request Form (preferred method) or by calling 204-986-5300 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Please be aware that wait times vary for phone-in requests.

Extension Request

If you are experiencing delays in starting or completing work, complying with a deficiency notification, or facing a demolition permit deadline, a project extension may be requested by completing the Extension Request Form.


Housing Inspections Districts
A map identifying housing inspections districts and associated inspectors.

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

Mechanical and Plumbing Information Centre
Provides mechanical and plumbing information, including brochures, by-laws, and forms.

Last update: August 6, 2021

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