Development Permits

No development may take place in the Mid-West Planning District (MWPD) unless a Development Permit has been issued by the MWPD Development Officer in accordance with the applicable Zoning By-Law. Specifically, issuance of the Development Permit confirms all applicable zoning regulations have been met for a given project, including most types of construction, changes to land use, home based businesses, temporary uses and structures, and signs.

A Development Permit is required prior to the issuance of most Building Permits, however, Development and Building Permits are normally applied for concurrently. The applicable Zoning By-Law establishes certain types of development that do not require a Development Permit. To confirm if a Development Permit is required for your project, please contact us.

There are three types of Development Permits. The lists below are examples and should not be considered exhaustive. If you do not see your project type on the list, please contact us.

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Residential
  • New House
  • Renovations & Alterations
  • Attached Garage / Carport
  • Additions, porches, verandas, three season rooms
  • Basement development
  • Foundation repairs
  • Wood stoves & fireplaces
  • Decks over 8" above ground
  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Detached accessory buildings (detached garage, sheds, workshop)
  • Accessory use structures (pools, hot tubs, gazebos, towers, wind turbine, solar panels)
  • Temporary structures
  • Home-based business
  • Plumbing (including sump pumps, pits and back water valves)
  • Installation of mechanical devices (plumbing, heating, ventilation, hydronic systems)
  • Intensifying the use of land or buildings / structures
  • Change in Occupancy
  • Change of use of the land / buildings
  • Locating / relocating buildings / structures
  • Demolition
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Commercial / Industrial
  • New construction
  • Additions
  • Renovations
  • Signs
  • Demolition
  • Change in Occupancy
  • Installation of mechanical devices (plumbing, heating, ventilation, hydronic systems)
  • Intensifying the use of land or buildings / structures
  • Change of use of the land / buildings
  • Locating / relocating buildings / structures
  • Altering or enlarging buildings or structures
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Agricultural
  • Barns
  • Sheds
  • Workshops
  • Machinery storage
  • Grain storage
  • Solar Array
  • Wind turbine
  • Tower
  • Animal confinement facilities
  • Corrals
  • Paddocks
  • Locating / relocating buildings / structures
  • Altering or enlarging buildings or structures
  • Installation of mechanical devices (plumbing, heating, ventilation, hydronic systems)
  • Intensifying the use of land or buildings / structures
  • Change of use of the land / buildings including Aggregate Pits (see details below)
  • Demolition

Applications for Development Permits that are not associated with Building Permit applications must include:

  • Completed Development and Building Permit Application.
  • If your development is an Aggregate Pit, you will need to fill out an Aggregate Pit Application. See more information below.
  • If this is a new establishment of a livestock operation on the property within the “AG Zone” the Ag Zone: Establishment of a Livestock Operation needs to be filled out.
  • Detailed Letter of Intent stating the proposed use of the land, building or structure - Writing A Letter Of Intent
  • Detailed Site Plan and/or Floor Plan
  • Letter of Authorization is required if you are applying on behalf of the landowner
  • Development Permit Fee in accordance with the MWPD’s Fee Structure By-Law
  • In addition to the above, Agricultural Development Permits also require:
    • PDF copy of Building Plans (encouraged but not required);
    • Status of Title(s) for all land subject to the application. The Status of Title(s) cannot be more than 30 days old. The Status of Title(s) can by acquired from your lawyer, the Winnipeg Land Titles Office (Teranet Manitoba).

NOTE: Agricultural Buildings and Structures that are over 600 square meters are subject to obtaining a permit from both the Office of the Fire Commissioner and the MWPD.

Aggregate Quarries

Aggregate pits/quarries require Conditional Uses within local zoning by-laws. You will need to fill out the Mid-West Planning District's Aggregate Pit Application for review, which will include a review by the municipal council for the Conditional Use application and by the Manitoba Department of Municipal Relations for a technical review. The technical review must be completed before a hearing on the Conditional Use can be held with Council. If you would like to apply for an Aggregate Pit, please contact us and we can walk you through the process and forms.

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Along with the Aggregate Pit Application, Development and Building Permit Application, Site Plan, Writing A Letter Of Intent and Letter of Authorization make sure to include the following information which will be passed along for the technical review:

• Proposed extraction method;
• Proposed haul routes;
• Hours of operation;
• Proposed volume of extraction;
• Expected lifespan of proposed quarry;
• Any potential surface and groundwater effects resulting from the quarry establishment;
• Information related to any proposed buffering and or berming of the quarry; and
• Information related to the proposed rehabilitation plan for the quarry, once it has reached it maximum lifespan.

For more information, read the Quarries Letter from the Department of Municipal Relations.