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Planning, Property & Development

Digital Permit Applications

All complete residential and commercial permit application packages can be submitted digitally with required documentation.

Note: Planning/Land Development Applications cannot be reviewed digitally at this time. Learn more about these applications by visiting the Development Applications and Definitions webpage.

Preparing to Apply

Please ensure you have gathered all required documentation for your permit application. Specific requirements are dependent on application type and can be found on the applicable webpages.

View more information about residential building requirements.

View more information about commercial building requirements.

Please confirm that your application package is complete prior to submission. This extra time up front is important to ensure your application is accepted and processed as efficiently as possible. Incomplete applications that are missing information and/or require supporting documentation will not be accepted, and you may be required to re-apply with a complete permit application package.

Incomplete applications will result in delays.

Permit Intake Wait Time

Effective 06/24/2022, the current intake wait time is an average of 3 business day(s). Permit applications will be assessed in the order they are received. When intake is complete, your permit application will proceed for review.

Permit applications will be assessed in the order received, Each application is reviewed by intake staff to ensure all required documentation is included (i.e. complete application), Incomplete applications must be corrected before they can proceed for review, Complete applications will proceed for review
View the Permit Intake Wait Time illustration

To submit a digital permit application, review the following submission information and requirements.

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Digital Submission Options
  1. Permits Online:

    Register for an account at: winnipeg.ca/permitsonline

    Homeowners may apply for the following residential permits online (new construction only):
    Residential Permits
    • Deck
    • Detached Garage
    • Carport
    • Other Structures over 10 m2/108 sq. ft. (e.g. storage shed, gazebo, workshop)
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Hot Tub/Spa

    Note: Customers with other types of projects (e.g. demolitions, additions, repairs/alterations) must submit their application via email. If you would like to apply to demolish an existing structure and construct a new structure at the same time, please submit both applications together via email.

     

    Contractors may apply for the following permits online (new construction only, with the exception of detached garages*):
    Residential Permits Commercial Permits
    • New single family detached dwelling construction
    • Deck
    • Carport
    • Other Structures over 10 m2/108 sq. ft.  (e.g. storage shed, gazebo, workshop)
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Hot Tub/Spa
    • *Detached Garage
    • Plumbing
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
    • Electrical
    • Mechanical
    • Signs

    Note: With the exception of detached garages, customers with other types of projects (e.g. demolitions, additions, repairs/alterations) must submit their application via email. If you would like to apply to demolish an existing structure and construct a new structure at the same time, please submit both applications together via email.

    For more information on the occupancy permit process, including Permits Online occupancy features, visit the Occupancy Permits webpage.

  2. Email:
    All customers can submit building, development, and trade permit applications by email to ppd-permit@winnipeg.ca. Once permit materials are accepted and uploaded into the permit system, you can view and manage your permits and applications by tracking the status, submitting documents, and making payments by registering for a Permits Online account at: Winnipeg.ca/permitsonline.
Digital Submission Requirements

Housing Building Permit Applications:
To submit your building permit application via email, please provide a separate pdf file, named as indicated, for each of the following groups of documents applicable to your application. Refer to the relevant permit application forms/web pages for details on document requirements for your project.

  • Application Form, Owner Statement, Application Checklist
  • Status of Title (dated within six months of the application date along with any City of Winnipeg Caveats)
  • Site Plan, Legal Survey/Building Location Certificate (BLC)
  • Lot Grade Plan, Site Servicing Plan, Geodetic Survey
  • Building Plans (floor plans, elevations, sections, framing plans, engineered plans)
  • Professional Designer's Certificate for Housing
  • Geotechnical Report
  • Damage Report

Commercial Building Permit Applications:
To submit your building permit application via email, please provide a separate pdf file, named as indicated, for each of the following groups of documents applicable to your application. Refer to the relevant permit application forms/web pages for details on document requirements for your project.

  • Application Form - Commercial Alteration Design Summary (CADS)/Building and Site Design Summary (BSDS), including all design summaries, and the owner statement,
  • Status of Title (dated within six months of the application date along with any City of Winnipeg Caveats)
  • Geotechnical Report
  • Civil Plans (Lot Grading Plan, Site Servicing Plan, Geodetic Survey)
  • Site/Landscape Plans
  • Architectural Plans
  • Structural Plans
  • Mechanical Plans (separate any sprinkler drawings from mechanical plans)
  • Electrical Plans
  • Specification - Architectural/Structural
  • Specification - Civil (Site and Infrastructure)
  • Specification - Electrical
  • Specification - Mechanical
  • Alternative Solution

Residential/Commercial Development Permit Applications:
To submit your development permit application via email, please provide a separate pdf file, named as indicated, for each of the following groups of documents applicable to your application. Refer to the relevant permit application forms/web pages for details on document requirements for your project.

  • Development Permit Application Form (including the owner statement/letter of authorization)
  • Status of Title (dated within six months of the application date along with any City of Winnipeg Caveats)
  • Civil Plans (Lot Grading Plan, Site Servicing Plans, Geodetic Survey)
  • Site/Landscape Plans
  • Building Location Certificate
  • Building Plans
  • Electrical Plans
  • Plumbing Plans
  • Specification – Electrical
  • Specification - Civil (Site and Infrastructure)
  • Professional Designers Certificate

Acceptable Document Types
Please submit your application package in PDF format. Other document types, including JPEG, will not be accepted. Note that some operating systems provide a 'Print to PDF' option to convert a JPEG to PDF.

Permit Application Reviews
Permit applications will be reviewed electronically and you will be contacted if additional information is required.

Additional information can be submitted via Permits Online up to a maximum file size of 50 MB. If you are unable to submit documents using Permits Online, please provide a digital PDF copy via email or a link to a Dropbox file to the reviewer who requested the information.

Permit Issuance

When your permit is issued, you will receive an email with a permit attached, and a link to a ZIP file to download your approved supporting documentation. The ZIP file will be available for 90 days.

Last update: December 22, 2021

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