Occupancy Permits

The Mid-West Planning District (MWPD) is responsible to ensure that buildings that have human occupancy have the appropriate occupancy permit in place before allowing people to use the building.

For Residential Dwellings the occupancy permit is included in the Building Permit fee. No actual certificate is issued. Occupancy is granted after the final inspection has been approved.

Occupancy permits for new non-residential buildings need to be applied for with the Building Permit issuing authority. Either Mid-West Planning District or Inspections and Technical Services Manitoba. A certificate with occupancy load numbers is issued.

Occupancy Load Certificates for existing buildings, can be calculated and issued by our Fire Inspectors.

Occupancy Certificate changes such as owner changes, can be done by our office.

Temporary and Interim occupancies are available. Temporary occupancy is for a maximum 6-month period. Interim occupancy is based on all safety items have been completed, but not all final occupancy items have been completed allowing people to occupy the building until the outstanding items have been completed.


For any occupancy permits other than residential ones, you will need to submit an application that includes

Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.




Plumbing permits are required for new construction of all buildings, building additions, alterations, repairs, renovations and include plumbing rough-ins, hookups and relocations. Plumbing Permits are issued in conjunction with the Building Permits.

Plumbing Permit applications not associated with a Building Permit must include:

Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.




The Mid-West Planning District (MWPD) is to be notified at each of the following stages of construction, as applicable:

  1. Rough-Ins for Plumbing, Ventilation
  2. Under Basement Floor Plumbing Rough-In, Tile Leaders & Sump Pit;
  3. Soil Gas Barrier & Interior Drainage Stone;
  4. Pre-Final, Interior Operations, Finishes & Life Safety (Incl. Fire Stopping) Prior to Occupancy or Public Showing;

PLEASE NOTE: A minimum of 24 Hours Notice is required when booking inspections (weekend not included);

  • If the work is not ready for inspection or you need to cancel, please contact the MWPD office as soon as possible;
  • It is the responsibility of the APPLICANT to arrange for all inspections.
  • The MWPD assumes no responsibility for inspections that were not scheduled.
  • Inspections may be performed at random as determined by the Building Inspector.
  • This list is not all-inclusive. There may be additional inspections required at the discretion of the Building Inspector.


The following are subject to Penalty Fees in accordance with the MWPD’s Fee Structure By-Law:

  • Any plumbing that is commenced prior to the appropriate permits being obtained.
  • Where the work is not ready for the time of the scheduled inspection.
  • Where project deficiencies result in repeated inspections by the inspector.
  • Where the work has been covered and the inspector is unable to perform the required inspection. (this may also require invasive structural inspection at the applicant/contractor’s expense)