Residential Building

The Mid-West Planning District (MWPD) is responsible to ensure that submitted building plans and required drawings meet the Manitoba Building Code and Manitoba Plumbing Code. Residential Building Permits and Plumbing Permits are issued concurrently. Inspections are required according to the complexity of the plans submitted and are unique to the project.

We are now offering online permit applications. Create your account and apply online for your building, plumbing or demolition permit today!

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NEW HOMES AND ADDITIONS

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The MWPD encourages you to submit your application well in advance of your project start date. Exact processing times will be dependent on the complexity of your application and the volume of applications in process with the MWPD. Specifically, applications for projects that are submitted in the busy construction season usually take longer to process.
Not every property is suitable for development due to poor site drainage, access, or other physical circumstances. Please contact us to discuss any physical constraints that may limit your ability to develop a given site.
To confirm whether or not the intended development is permitted within the proposed zone, please contact us.
Residential Building Permit applications must include:
  • Completed Building application form
  • If applicable, a completed Plumbing application form.
  • Detailed site plan
  • One (1) easily-readable paper copy and one (1) legible PDF copy of building plans, formatted to a minimum size of 11” x 17”, and which are signed and sealed by a Manitoba Licensed Professional Engineer (dated within one year of the complete application date). For plans formatted to a larger size, one (1) paper copy and one (1) PDF copy are required. If there is no PDF available, two (2) paper copies are required. Plans are to be drawn to a minimum scale of 1:500 or 1”= 40’;
  • Residential building plans must include the following: Building Elevations; Foundation plan; Floor plans; Section plans; Detailed construction notes and specifications; Schedules for doors and windows; Ventilation Plan including calculations; Shop Drawings (can be provided at the framing stage); Identification of principle source of heat; Floor joist, electrical, plumbing and heating layouts; and a 9.36 Manitoba Energy Code review;
  • Developer approval package (new home builds only);
  • Letter of authorization is required if you are applying on behalf of the landowner
  • 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 or the Land Titles Office (Teranet Manitoba). Additionally, a letter from your lawyer may be required if the property is in the process of being transferred to your name.
  • In RM of Ellice-Archie: If any development requires a culvert to be placed with Municipal infrastructure it needs to be approved and have an application completed to file with Water stewardship (i.e. a new approach for access which requires a culvert)
  • In Prairie View Municipality: There is a permitting process for driveways/culverts. Contact the municipality for forms and fees.
  • In Hamiota Municipality: A Lot Grading Permit is required prior to the issuance of a building permit. See Hamiota Municipality for details.
  • In RM of Oakview: All access requests are submitted to council for review and approval. See RM of Oakview for details.
  • Total Project value (i.e., final project costs including all material and labour).
  • Sewer and water connection fees (processed by the municipality). Please contact Manitoba Conservation and Climate regarding requirements for a proposed septic tank and/or well if municipal services are not available (new home builds only);
  • Permit Fees in accordance with the MWPD’s Fee Structure By-Law prior to permit issuance
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant / owner to satisfy or adhere to any Development Agreement requirements that may pertain to the property. Some requirements may need to be fulfilled prior to the MWPD’s issuance of permits.
Electrical Permits are obtained through Manitoba Hydro.
If the proposed development is located adjacent to a Provincial Road or Highway, an additional permit may be required from the Province (Manitoba Infrastructure) when applying for a permit from the MWPD.
Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.

NEW RTM HOMES

Ready-To-Move homes (RTMs) are common throughout Manitoba. Unlike modular homes, which are normally delivered in multiple pieces, RTMs are typically delivered as single units and set down on a foundation.

To confirm whether or not the intended development is permitted within the proposed zone contact us.

Building Permit applications for new RTM Homes must include:

  • Completed Development and Building Permit Application
  • Completed RTM Information Form
  • Detailed Site Plan
  • One (1) easily-readable paper copy and one (1) legible PDF copy of building plans provided by the RTM manufacturer, formatted to a minimum size of 11” x 17”, and which are signed and sealed by a Manitoba Licensed Professional Engineer (dated within one year of the complete application date). For plans formatted to a larger size, one (1) paper copy and one (1) PDF copy are required. If there is no PDF available, two (2) paper copies are required. Plans are to be drawn to a minimum scale of 1:500 or 1”= 40’.
  • Letter of Authorization is required if you are applying on behalf of the landowner.
  • 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 or the Land Titles Office (Teranet Manitoba). Additionally, a letter from your lawyer may be required if the property is in the process of being transferred to your name.
  • Total Project value (i.e., final project costs including all material and labour).
  • Sewer and water connection fees (processed by the municipality). Please contact Manitoba Conservation and Climate regarding requirements for a proposed septic tank and/or well if municipal services are not available.
  • Permit Fees in accordance with the MWPD’s Fee Structure By-Law prior to permit issuance
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant / owner to satisfy or adhere to any Development Agreement requirements that may pertain to the property. Some requirements may need to be fulfilled prior to the MWPD’s issuance of permits.

NOTE: Once built, the MWPD requires copies of inspections done by the Planning District where the RTM has been built. The confirmation whether the RTM was built according to MBC can be determined through the seal/certification usually located on electrical panel boxes or kitchen cupboards.

Electrical Permits are obtained through Manitoba Hydro.

If the proposed development is located adjacent to a Provincial Road or Highway, an additional permit may be required from the Province (Manitoba Infrastructure) when applying for a permit from the MWPD.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.

NEW MOBILE HOMES

Mobile homes have evolved from trailers and are now longer, heavier and more robust in their construction. Because they are seldom moved once placed on a property, as much planning should go into the installation of a mobile home as would be needed for a site built home.

Mobile homes (sometimes referred to as "Modular Homes") are transported in one piece, have a steel base, removable hitch, CSA number, and do NOT go on a permanent foundation, i.e - full basement or crawl space foundation. True modular homes are different than mobile homes. Modular homes are meant to be installed on a permanent foundation, while mobile homes are meant to remain movable. Modular homes are in the same category as an RTM Home (see above), however, be aware that not all areas of the Planning District allow dwellings that resemble mobile homes.

All mobile homes shall conform in all respects to the CAN/CSA-Z240 MH Series of Standards and shall be complete structurally with the entire plumbing, electrical and heating services installed. They are heat recovery ventilator (HRV) exempt.

The following information shall be marked in English in a permanent and readily visible manner in the interior of the mobile home:

  • CSA number or Manitoba Department of Labour certificate number;
  • Manufacturer’s name and address;
  • Model;
  • Serial number;
  • Year of manufacture;
  • Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR);
  • Ground snow load and roof design snow load;
  • Principal Heat Source;
  • Make & Model of Hot Water Tank.

To confirm whether or not the intended development is permitted within the proposed zone, contact us.

Mobile Home Building Permit applications must include:

  • Completed Development and Building Permit Application.
  • Completed Pre-Manufactured Dwelling Information Form.
  • If using a spray-applied polyurethane foam, the Spray Foam Insulation Info Form needs to be filled out.
  • For Ventilation requirements, the Residential Ventilation Info Form need to be filled out and the Balance Report has to be submitted upon Pre-Occupancy/Final Inspection.
  • If this is a dwelling to be build or located on the property within the “AG Zone” the Ag Zone: Establishment of a Dwelling needs to be filled out.
  • Detailed Site Plan and Floor Plan with all rooms labeled.
  • CSA number, Year, Make, Model.
  • Accurate foundation plan in compliance with CAN/CSA-Z240 MH Series of Standards, or designed by a Professional Engineer (registered in the Province of Manitoba).
  • Letter of Authorization is required if you are applying on behalf of the landowner.
  • 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 or the Land Titles Office (Teranet Manitoba). Additionally, a letter from your lawyer may be required if the property is in the process of being transferred to your name.
  • In RM of Ellice-Archie: If any development requires a culvert to be placed with Municipal infrastructure it needs to be approved and have an application completed to file with Water stewardship (i.e. a new approach for access which requires a culvert)
  • In Prairie View Municipality: There is a permitting process for driveways/culverts. Contact the municipality for forms and fees.
  • In Hamiota Municipality: A Lot Grading Permit is required prior to the issuance of a building permit. See Hamiota Municipality for details.
  • In RM of Oakview: All access requests are submitted to council for review and approval. See RM of Oakview for details.
  • Total Project value (i.e., final project costs including all material and labour).
  • Sewer and water connection fees (processed by the municipality). Please contact Manitoba Conservation and Climate regarding requirements for a proposed septic tank and/or well if municipal services are not available.
  • Permit Fees in accordance with the MWPD’s Fee Structure By-Law prior to permit issuance.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant / owner to satisfy or adhere to any Development Agreement requirements that may pertain to the property. Some requirements may need to be fulfilled prior to the MWPD’s issuance of permits.

Electrical Permits are obtained through Manitoba Hydro.

If the proposed development is located adjacent to a Provincial Road or Highway, an additional permit may be required from the Province (Manitoba Infrastructure) when applying for a permit from the MWPD.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.


 

RELOCATING DWELLINGS, RTMs & MOBILE HOMES

There are times when the relocation of an existing home is the preferred alternative to building a new home. There are a number of factors that play into a home's ability to be moved, whether it be the age of the building or its current condition. Regardless, all buildings require an inspection prior to it being considered for relocation.

Relocated buildings may not always be permissible on some properties due to Zoning or Development Agreement regulations or restrictions. To confirm whether or not the intended development is permitted within the proposed Zone, contact us. Please contact the applicable Town or Municipality to confirm the existence of a Development Agreement and its associated requirements.

NOTE: Used Mobile Homes must be a minimum of 2x6 construction in order to be moved into or within the Mid-West Planning District.

NOTE: If a building is being moved from within the Mid-West Planning District and is being relocated to an area that is outside of the Planning District, a Demolition Permit from the MWPD is required prior to removal. After the building is moved, the original site must be cleaned up, i.e.: removal of old foundation, ground filled and leveled, and site made safe as to the satisfaction of the Designated Officer.

The process for relocating a Dwelling, RTM or Mobile Home to the Mid-West Planning District is as follows:

1. Prior to moving a home, an inspection must be conducted by an MWPD inspector for a fee in accordance with the MWPD Fee Structure By-Law. The hourly rate covers travel time, inspection time, and the time it takes to write a report. The MWPD requires a letter of authorization from the current landowner prior to booking the inspection.

2. An inspection report is prepared by the Inspector regarding all of the Building Code requirements and deficiencies that need to be addressed once the home has been relocated to the proposed site within the Planning District.

3. As long as the building is deemed acceptable to move by the MWPD Inspector, and depending on where the proposed site is located, the inspection report is then presented to the applicable municipal Council with a recommendation from the Building Inspector.

In the RM of Ellice-Archie if the move is to take place during Spring Road Restrictions, a Road Use Agreement must be completed and submitted.

In the RM of Oakview an agreement is entered into with the municipality which will contain an undertaking of the owner paying all damages arising out of the move and any other terms and conditions as deemed necessary.

4. After the above stages are complete, application for Building Permit may be made (see requirements listed below). Please note that the Building Permit cannot be issued until the all of the initial conditions of the Agreement have been met.

5. For homes relocated from a site within the Mid-West Planning District: After the home is moved, the original site must be cleaned up, i.e.: removal of old foundation, ground filled and leveled, and site made safe to the satisfaction of the MWPD.

6. Once the home has been relocated, all deficiencies noted in the report and any deficiencies noted thereafter, must be rectified in order to close the permit.

All mobile homes shall conform in all respects to the CAN/CSA-Z240 MH Series of Standards and shall be complete structurally with the entire plumbing, electrical and heating services installed. They are heat recovery ventilator (HRV) exempt. See our Manufactured Mobile Home Handout for more information.

The following information shall be marked in English in a permanent and readily visible manner in the interior of the mobile home:

  • CSA number or Manitoba Department of Labour certificate number;
  • Manufacturer’s name and address;
  • Model;
  • Serial number;
  • Year of manufacture;
  • Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR);
  • Ground snow load and roof design snow load;
  • Principal Heat Source;
  • Make & Model of Hot Water Tank.

Relocated Dwelling, RTM or Mobile Home Building Permit applications must include:

  • Completed Development and Building Permit Application.
  • If it is a RTM dwelling, a completed RTM Information Form.
  • If it is a Mobile or Modular Dwelling, a completed Pre-Manufactured Dwelling Information Form.
  • If using a spray-applied polyurethane foam, the Spray Foam Insulation Info Form needs to be filled out.
  • For Ventilation requirements, the Residential Ventilation Info Form need to be filled out and the Balance Report has to be submitted upon Pre-Occupancy/Final Inspection.
  • If this is a dwelling to be build or located on the property within the “AG Zone” the Ag Zone: Establishment of a Dwelling needs to be filled out.
  • Detailed Site Plan and Floor Plan with all rooms labeled.
  • CSA number, Year, Make, Model (Mobile Home only).
  • Accurate foundation plan in compliance with CAN/CSA-Z240 MH Series of Standards, or designed by a Professional Engineer (registered in the Province of Manitoba).
  • Letter of Authorization is required if you are applying on behalf of the landowner.
  • 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 or the Land Titles Office (Teranet Manitoba). Additionally, a letter from your lawyer may be required if the property is in the process of being transferred to your name.
  • In RM of Ellice-Archie: If any development requires a culvert to be placed with Municipal infrastructure it needs to be approved and have an application completed to file with Water stewardship (i.e. a new approach for access which requires a culvert)
  • In Prairie View Municipality: There is a permitting process for driveways/culverts. Contact the municipality for forms and fees.
  • In Hamiota Municipality: A Lot Grading Permit is required prior to the issuance of a building permit. See Hamiota Municipality for details.
  • In RM of Oakview: All access requests are submitted to council for review and approval. See RM of Oakview for details.
  • Total Project value (i.e., final project costs including all material and labour).
  • Sewer and water connection fees (processed by the municipality). Please contact Manitoba Conservation and Climate regarding requirements for a proposed septic tank and/or well if municipal services are not available.
  • Permit Fees in accordance with the MWPD’s Fee Structure By-Law prior to permit issuance.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant / owner to satisfy or adhere to any Development Agreement requirements that may pertain to the property. Some requirements may need to be fulfilled prior to the MWPD’s issuance of permits.

Electrical Permits are obtained through Manitoba Hydro.

If the proposed development is located adjacent to a Provincial Road or Highway, an additional permit may be required from the Province (Manitoba Infrastructure) when applying for a permit from the MWPD.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.


 

BASEMENT DEVELOPMENT & INTERIOR RENOVATIONS

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As the building owner, you are responsible for complying with all building requirements. A permit is required for basement development or any interior renovation for a home if the work proposed includes developing a previously unfinished basement into bedrooms, bathroom, rec room, etc., and structural or material alterations or repairs.

Building Permit applications for basement development and interior renovations must include:

  • Completed Development and Building Permit Application.
  • Completed Renovation Information Form.
  • Detailed floor plan / layout of everything that is existing and everything that is proposed, including bedroom window sizes as well as any plumbing hookups and/or rough-ins. All rooms are to labeled as per their intended use (e.g. - Bedroom, Bathroom, etc.).
  • If using a spray-applied polyurethane foam, the Spray Foam Insulation Info Form needs to be filled out.
  • Heating, ventilation and exhaust air layout.
  • For Ventilation requirements, the Residential Ventilation Info Form need to be filled out and the Balance Report has to be submitted upon Pre-Occupancy/Final Inspection.
  • Detailed Scope of Work (interior renovations/repairs/fire restoration).
  • If structural alterations are involved, such as the altering or moving of beams, teleposts, or foundation walls/windows, then these plans must be signed and sealed by a Manitoba Licensed Professional Engineer (dated within one year of the complete application date) and must be submitted at the time of permit application.
  • Letter of Authorization is required if you are applying on behalf of the landowner.
  • Permit Fees in accordance with the MWPD’s Fee Structure By-Law prior to permit issuance.

Electrical Permits are to be obtained through Manitoba Hydro.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.


ACCESSORY BUILDINGS & STRUCTURES

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Residents constructing or erecting an accessory building or structure, such as a detached garage, shed, fabric shelter, or pergola on their property are required to obtain a Building Permit. Please note that used/relocated accessory buildings may require inspection and/or additional approvals prior to being moved.

Accessory buildings / structures that are less than 108 sq. ft. do not require a Building Permit.

NOTE: In no instance shall an accessory building be placed or constructed on a property prior to a principal building. However, you are able to apply for an accessory building and principal building concurrently.

To confirm whether or not the intended development is permitted within the proposed zone, contact us.

Building Permits for accessory structures must include:

  • Completed Development and Building Permit Application.
  • If applicable a completed Plumbing Application.
  • If using a spray-applied polyurethane foam, the Spray Foam Insulation Info Form needs to be filled out.
  • For Ventilation requirements, the Residential Ventilation Info Form need to be filled out and the Balance Report has to be submitted upon Pre-Occupancy/Final Inspection.
  • If the building is a detached garage, the Detached Garage Info Form needs to be filled out.
  • Detailed Site Plan.
  • Letter of Intent regarding the intended use of the accessory building (if applicable).
  • Please note on plans any proposed plumbing rough-ins or hookups. Writing A Letter Of Intent
  • One (1) easily-readable paper copy and one (1) legible PDF copy of plans that are 11” x 17” or smaller. For plans larger than 11” x 17”, two (2) paper copies or one (1) paper copy and one (1) PDF are required. All plans are to be drawn to a minimum scale of 1:500 or 1”= 40’.
    NOTE: If the building has tall wall construction, has over 30 foot wide trusses, is Pole Building construction, or contains more than one storey, a Manitoba Licensed Professional Engineer's signature and seal dated within one year of the complete application date is required.
  • Letter of Authorization is required if you are applying on behalf of the landowner.
  • 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 or the Land Titles Office (Teranet Manitoba). Additionally, a letter from your lawyer may be required if the property is in the process of being transferred to your name.
  • Total Project value (i.e., final project costs including all material and labour).
  • Permit Fees in accordance with the MWPD’s Fee Structure By-Law prior to permit issuance.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant / owner to satisfy or adhere to any Development Agreement requirements that may pertain to the property. Some requirements may need to be fulfilled prior to the MWPD’s issuance of permits.

Electrical Permits are obtained through Manitoba Hydro.

If the proposed development is located adjacent to a Provincial Road or Highway, an additional permit may be required from the Province (Manitoba Infrastructure) when applying for a permit from the MWPD.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.


DECKS & 3-SEASON SUNROOMS

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A building permit is required for any deck which is 8" or higher above average ground level, or is attached to the principal building, or will eventually support an enclosed structure with a roof such as a sunroom.

See our Deck Handout handout for detailed information.

Please note that shade structures (such as pergolas) that are built on, or attached to, a deck or building require a Building Permit.

For 4-Season/All-Season Sunrooms, please refer to New Homes and Additions above.

Building Permit applications for decks / 3-season sunrooms / wheelchair ramps must include:

  • Completed Development and Building Permit Application.
  • For uncovered decks, completed Residential Deck Info Form
  • Detailed Site Plan
  • One (1) easily-readable paper copy and one (1) legible PDF copy (if available) of plans that are 11” x 17” or smaller. For plans larger than 11” x 17”, two (2) paper copies or one (1) paper copy and one (1) legible PDF copy are required. All plans are to be drawn to a minimum scale of 1:500 or 1”= 40’. If the deck has a roof then the plans must be signed and sealed by a Manitoba Licensed Professional Engineer (dated within one year of the complete application date).
  • Building drawings must include the following: one (1) top view drawing; one (1) side elevation drawing; and labeled with the following details: pad size, or, type of pilings or pier size (if using screw piles, list the Manufacturer, Length and Baring Capacity) as well as details regarding the attachment of the ledger board to the building and details of the roof attachment to the building (if any); height of deck from ground; beam size and spacing; joist size and spacing; cantilever measurements for beams and joists; decking material; guardrail height; location, width, handrails and guard details for the stairs; and details on latchable gate if the deck is next to the pool.
  • Letter of Authorization is required if you are applying on behalf of the landowner.
  • 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 or the Land Titles Office (Teranet Manitoba). Additionally, a letter from your lawyer may be required if the property is in the process of being transferred to your name.
  • Total Project value (i.e., final project costs including all material and labour).
  • Permit Fees in accordance with the MWPD’s Fee Structure By-Law prior to permit issuance.

NOTE: In your application, please indicate any future intention of covering or enclosing the deck or placing a hot tub on it, as this will trigger different Building Code requirements. When building a sunroom on an existing deck, MWPD requires a letter from a Manitoba Licensed Professional Engineer stating that the current structure is sufficient to support the new installation, or indicating any alterations that must be made in order to ensure compliance with Manitoba Building Code.

Electrical Permits are obtained through Manitoba Hydro.

If the proposed development is located adjacent to a Provincial Road or Highway, an additional permit may be required from the Province (Manitoba Infrastructure) when applying for a permit from the MWPD.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.


 

POOLS & HOT TUBS

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Residents placing a pool or hot tub on their property are required to obtain a Building Permit. Whether the pool or hot tub is temporary or permanent, in-ground or above ground, if it can hold (2) feet of water or more, a Building Permit is required, this rule also applies to ponds.

The Manitoba Building Code (MBC) includes hot tubs in its classification of private pools and requires in Section 10.1.2.1 that an outdoor private pool shall be enclosed with a fence or other suitable barrier constructed in accordance with specific requirements.

Private Pool means an artificially constructed basin, lined with concrete, fiberglass, vinyl or like material, that is capable of containing water depth greater than 60 cm. (24 inches) and that is located on the property of a single-family residence. See our handout for more information. Swimming Pool Information

  • A professional engineer must certify all in ground pools
  • A fence or other barrier that is structured in the following manner must enclose all outdoor swimming pools:
  1. It has a minimum vertical height of 1.5m (5 feet) and a maximum vertical height of 1.8m (6 feet).
  2. Access cannot be gained through it or under it.
  3. Access through the fence is restricted by means of a self-closing gate which is 1.5m (5 feet) in height.  The gate must be designed as to cause the gate to become secured with a lockable latch to prevent unauthorized entry.  The latch shall be installed in a fashion that it cannot be easily reached or activated from the outside of the gate(s).
  4. Where chain link is used, the mesh size does not exceed 50 millimeters (two inches) and the wire is at least number 11 gauge; and
  5. Where other than chain link is used, the outside surface of the fence or gate is relatively smooth so as not to provide foot or toe holds,
  6. No person shall operate an outdoor swimming pool unless the fence and gate are maintained in good repair.

As long as your swimming pool is properly fenced it many be located in your side or rear yard.  It must be no closer that 0.6m (2 feet) from your read property line and 0.3m (1 foot) from your side property line.  As well, the pool must be at least 1.2 m (4 feet)  from your home.

The only restrictions on the location of the mechanical equipment, is that it may not be located in your front yard, and it may not be located any closer than 4.6m (15 feet) to an operable window of a neighboring residence.  Having a fence between the mechanical equipment and the window does not reduce or remove this requirement.

The fencing requirements do not apply when the following MBC items under Section 10.1.2.3 [Hot Tub Covers] have been met:

a) The hot tub does not exceed 2.4 m in diameter or 4.65 m² in total surface area;

b) The hot tub has a cover that i) Has the structural strength to support the weight of an adult walking across the top of the cover when it is in the closed position, ii) Is capable of being locked in the covered position to prevent access to the water by unauthorized persons, and

c) At all times when use is not supervised by an adult, the hot tub is covered by a cover that i) Complies with the above and ii) Is locked.

If the above noted items for hot tub covers are not met an enclosed fence, or other suitable barrier, must be constructed in accordance with section 10.1.2.1. of the MBC. Furthermore, a building permit is required to ensure that all of the safety requirements of the enclosed fence or barrier have been met.

Building Permits for pools, hot tubs, ponds must include:

  • Completed Development and Building Permit Application.
  • Detailed Site Plan.
  • Plans for pool (engineered stamped plan required for in-ground pool). These plans shall include the size and height of the pool.
  • Details on fence/pool enclosure, including any self-latching or lockable devices.
  • Letter of Authorization is required if you are applying on behalf of the landowner.
  • 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 or the Land Titles Office (Teranet Manitoba). Additionally, a letter from your lawyer may be required if the property is in the process of being transferred to your name.
  • Total Project value (i.e., final project costs including all material and labour).
  • Fees in accordance with the MWPD’s Fee Structure By-Law.

Electrical Permits are obtained through Manitoba Hydro.

If the proposed development is located adjacent to a Provincial Road or Highway, an additional permit may be required from the Province (Manitoba Infrastructure) when applying for a permit from the MWPD.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.


 

FENCES

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You may build a fence along and up to your property line within your property limits. When neighbours are sharing a fence, they decide the location of the fence and they may build on the property line.

If you are building a fence on a corner lot, contact us to determine your specific requirements. As well, special consideration is needed for building a fence adjacent to intersections or for visibility along back lanes.

To determine property lines, check your home records to see if you have a Surveyor’s Building Location Certificate (a survey). If you cannot locate a survey or a copy of one, contact a Manitoba Land Surveyor to obtain one.

Fence height requirements vary by municipality and applicable Zoning By-Law.

Residential fences may be built out of any material you wish with the exception of barbed wire or electric fencing. Some examples of materials you could use are wood, brick, concrete, metal, plastic or stone. As well, hedges or plant material may be used to give the effect of a fence. The same zoning regulations apply, regardless of the material used.

Any open water deeper than zero decimal six (0.6m) metres or two (2’) feet must be enclosed by an unclimbable fence at least one decimal five (1.5m) metres or five (5’) feet high. All openings must be lockable.

If your plans cannot be altered to meet zoning regulations, you may apply to “vary” the regulation. Contact us to discuss and file a variation application.

See our handout for more information. Fence Information Please contact us if you have other questions about fencing requirements on your property.

Building Permits for fences must include:

  • Completed Development and Building Permit Application.
  • Detailed Site Plan.
  • Plans for the fence. These plans shall include the height of the fence.
  • Letter of Authorization is required if you are applying on behalf of the landowner.
  • 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 or the Land Titles Office (Teranet Manitoba). Additionally, a letter from your lawyer may be required if the property is in the process of being transferred to your name.
  • Total Project value (i.e., final project costs including all material and labour).
  • Fees in accordance with the MWPD’s Fee Structure By-Law.

If the proposed development is located adjacent to a Provincial Road or Highway, an additional permit may be required from the Province (Manitoba Infrastructure) when applying for a permit from the MWPD.

NOTE: It is the landowner's responsibility to satisfy or adhere to any Development Agreement requirements that may pertain to the property.


 

PLUMBING PERMITS

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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.


 

HOME-BASED BUSINESS

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A home-based business may be a full-time, part-time or even an occasional venture located within a home or associated accessory building. Generally, if your business mail comes to your home and / or administrative duties are conducted from your home, you will require a Development Permit for your business.

The Development Officer will evaluate each proposed home-based business on its own merits, based on its compliance with applicable zoning regulations. Please contact us directly to ensure a home-based business is permitted in your zone.

Development Permit applications for home-based businesses must include:

  • Completed Plumbing Application.
  • If you are applying at the same time as other construction, fill out a Development and Building Permit Application as well.
  • Detailed letter of intent to include your business name - Writing A Letter Of Intent.
  • Detailed Floor Plan showing the area of to home to be occupied by the business, including dimensions. The Total square footage of dwelling is required in order to determine how many square feet may be used for the business. If the area occupied by the business is in an open room, detail on the floor plan how the area will be separated/partitioned off from the rest of the room.
  • Fees in accordance with the MWPD’s Fee Structure By-Law.

NOTE: A Building Permit may also be required for any construction associated with the home-based business.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted.


 

SOLAR & TOWER INSTALLATIONS

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There are two types of Solar Installation Permits: Ground-Mounted and Roof-Mounted.

Applications for Solar Installations must include:

  • Completed Development and Building Permit Application.
  • Detailed Site Plan (for ground-mounted installations only).
  • Each installation is site-specific. Information/specifications are required for the Solar Panels and associated equipment as well as the proposed Foundation or Roof-Mount:
    One (1) easily-readable paper copy and one (1) legible PDF copy of plans that are 11” x 17” or smaller. For plans larger than 11” x 17”, two (2) paper copies or one (1) paper copy and one (1) PDF are required. A Manitoba Licensed Professional Engineer's signature and seal dated within one year of the complete application date is required on all specifications.
  • Roof-Mounted Solar Installations require a letter from a Manitoba Licensed Professional Engineer stating that the current truss system is sufficient to support the new installation, or indicating any alterations that must be made.
  • Letter of Authorization is required if you are applying on behalf of the landowner.
  • Status of Title(s) for all land subject to the application (for ground-mounted solar installations only). The Status of Title(s) cannot be more than 30 days old. The Status of Title(s) can by acquired from your lawyer or the Land Titles Office (Teranet Manitoba). Additionally, a letter from your lawyer may be required if the property is in the process of being transferred to your name.
  • Total Project value (i.e., final project costs including all material and labour).
  • Permit Fees in accordance with the MWPD’s Fee Structure By-Law prior to permit issuance;
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant / owner to satisfy or adhere to any Development Agreement requirements that may pertain to the property. Some requirements may need to be fulfilled prior to the MWPD’s issuance of permits.

NOTE: After the installation is complete, in addition to scheduling and completing an inspection with the MWPD, solar installations require an sealed inspection report by a Manitoba Licensed Professional Engineer which is to be submitted to the MWPD.

Electrical Permits are obtained through Manitoba Hydro.

If the proposed development is located adjacent to a Provincial Road or Highway, an additional permit may be required from the Province (Manitoba Infrastructure) when applying for a permit from the MWPD.


Applications for Tower Installations must include:

  • Completed Development and Building Permit Application.
  • Detailed Site Plan.
  • Each installation is site-specific:
    One (1) easily-readable paper copy and one (1) legible PDF copy of plans that are 11” x 17” or smaller. For plans larger than 11” x 17”, two (2) paper copies or one (1) paper copy and one (1) PDF are required. A Manitoba Licensed Professional Engineer's signature and seal dated within one year of the complete application date is required on all specifications.
  • Letter of Authorization is required if you are applying on behalf of the landowner.
  • Status of Title(s) for all land subject to the application (for ground-mounted solar installations only). The Status of Title(s) cannot be more than 30 days old. The Status of Title(s) can by acquired from your lawyer or the Land Titles Office (Teranet Manitoba). Additionally, a letter from your lawyer may be required if the property is in the process of being transferred to your name.
  • Total Project value (i.e., final project costs including all material and labour).
  • Permit Fees in accordance with the MWPD’s Fee Structure By-Law prior to permit issuance;
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant / owner to satisfy or adhere to any Development Agreement requirements that may pertain to the property. Some requirements may need to be fulfilled prior to the MWPD’s issuance of permits.

NOTE: After the installation is complete, in addition to scheduling and completing an inspection with the MWPD, solar installations require an sealed inspection report by a Manitoba Licensed Professional Engineer which is to be submitted to the MWPD.

Electrical Permits are obtained through Manitoba Hydro.

If the proposed development is located adjacent to a Provincial Road or Highway, an additional permit may be required from the Province (Manitoba Infrastructure) when applying for a permit from the MWPD.


 

INSPECTIONS & PENALTIES

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Inspections

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

  1. Excavation & Footing / Pilings Prior to Concrete;
  2. Foundation Wall Structural Reinforcing or Thickened Edge Slab Reinforcing;
  3. Preserved Woof Foundation Before & After Damp Proofing (Engineer’s Inspection also Required);
  4. Foundation Grade Beam Structural Steel;
  5. Damp Proofing, Drainage Tile & Stone (7 Days Cure Time for Concrete - Minimum Time Before Backfill Inspection);
  6. Building Structure Framing & Rough-Ins for Plumbing, Ventilation & Electrical
    (Doors, Windows, Shingles & House Wrap in Place) *Shop Drawings Must Be On Site or Submitted Prior to Inspection*;
  7. Under Basement Floor Plumbing Rough-In, Tile Leaders & Sump Pit;
  8. Insulation & Air-Vapour Barrier (Main Floor);
  9. Soil Gas Barrier & Interior Drainage Stone;
  10. Foundation Frost Wall Framing, Insulation & Vapour Barrier;
  11. Pre-Final, Interior Operations, Finishes & Life Safety (Incl. Fire Stopping) Prior to Occupancy or Public Showing;
  12. Final - Exterior Weathertight Finished & Grading (Incl. Eavestroughs, Downspouts & Leaders in Place).

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.

Penalties

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

  • Any Building, Structure or Land Use 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)