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All permits related to commercial, multi-family, and industrial buildings falling under Part 9 of the Manitoba Building Code must be obtained from our office. Part 9 Buildings are three storeys or less, have a building area up to 600 square metres, and have major occupancies classified as Group C (residential), Group D (office / service), Group E (retail), or Group F-2, F-3 (medium- and low-hazard industrial).
Compliance to the Manitoba Building Code is mandatory. Any waiver of a Code requirement is not permitted, however, alternatives that meet the level of performance required by the Code may be permitted.
Building plans are required to be drawn to scale. They must also indicate the nature and extent of work or proposed occupancy in sufficient detail to establish that, when completed, the proposed occupancy will conform to the Code. In order for the MWPD to issue a permit in a timely manner, it is important that proper information and documents be submitted at the time of the application. If information is missing or if Code deficiencies are noted, these issues should be addressed as quickly as possible so that the issuance of the permit is not unduly delayed. An application for a permit does not mean that you are entitled to a permit or that a permit will be issued. Only through a demonstrated compliance to the Building Code and to all other applicable regulations will a permit be issued.
To confirm whether or not the intended development is permitted within the proposed zone, contact us.
Plans submitted for an application to build shall include:
1. Status or Certificate of Title:
A current copy (within 30 days) of the Status or Certificate of Title must be submitted. Where there has been a recent change of ownership, a signed letter is required from your lawyer stating who the purchaser and seller are and that the purchase documents have been forwarded to the Land Titles office for registration. (not required for interior renovations)
2. Site Plan^ including:
- All buildings and dimensions of all building
- Distances from building to building and to property lines
- Parking, loading, and fence details, etc.
- North arrow for building orientation
- Street and lane locations, including access routes for firefighting
- Location of fire hydrants and sprinkler connection, catch basins, etc.
^not required for interior renovations
3. Architectural drawings including:
- Depending on the complexity of the project: Sealed, signed and dated by an Architect. For F occupancies - Architect or Professional Engineer are permitted
- Building design summary
- Building area (new & existing), building height and location of firewall
- Floor layout(s)
- Building elevations
- Building section details
- Building wall details, including fire test assembly reference, flame-spread rating
- Stair, guard and handrail details
- Door schedule, including size, rating and hardware
4. Structural drawings including:
- Sealed, signed and dated by P. Eng.
- Foundation, floor(s), roof plans
- Structural details
- Design loads, including snow, dead, live & wind loads
- General notes, including soil conditions, material standard references; concrete, wood, steel
5. Mechanical drawings including:
- Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning details
- Fire dampers/fire stop flaps, etc.
- Make up air and exhaust
6. Electrical drawings (if required):
- Depending on the complexity of the project: Sealed, signed and dated by P. Eng.
Applications for Building Permits for Part 9 buildings or additions shall include:
- Completed Development and Building Permit Application.
- If applicable, a completed Plumbing Application.
- For Ventilation requirements, the Commercial Ventilation Info Form needs to be filled out and the Balance Report has to be submitted upon Pre-Occupancy/Final Inspection.
- If using a spray-applied polyurethane foam, the Spray Foam Insulation Info Form needs to be filled out.
- Detailed Site Plan (not required for interior renovations) or Floor Plan for Interior Renovations / Tenant Development.
- One (1) paper copy and one (1) legible PDF that is signed and sealed by a Manitoba Licensed Professional Engineer (dated within one year of the complete application date), if required. If no PDF is available then two (2) paper copies are required. Minimum paper size of 36" x 24". All plans are to be drawn to a minimum scale of 1:500 or 1”= 40’.
- Manitoba Building Code analysis (if applicable).
- Letter of Assurance (if applicable) from all design professionals involved, including responsibility for Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings (MECB). All Letters of Assurance must be followed with Certification Occupancy Form Letter upon project completion (must be provided on Engineer/Architect company letterhead - only copy the section(s) that apply).
- 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 if the land has changed owners in the last 30 days. The Status of Title(s) cannot be more than 30 days old. 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.
- 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.
- Total Project value (i.e., final project costs including all material and labour).
- Permit Fees in accordance with the MWPD’s Fee Structure 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.
INSPECTIONS & PENALTIES
The Mid-West Planning District (MWPD) is to be notified at each of the following stages of construction, as applicable:
- Excavation & Footing / Pilings Prior to Concrete;
- Foundation Wall Structural Reinforcing or Thickened Edge Slab Reinforcing;
- Preserved Woof Foundation Before & After Damp Proofing (Engineer’s Inspection also Required);
- Foundation Grade Beam Structural Steel;
- Damp Proofing, Drainage Tile & Stone (7 Days Cure Time for Concrete - Minimum Time Before Backfill Inspection);
- 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*;
- Under Basement Floor Plumbing Rough-In, Tile Leaders & Sump Pit;
- Insulation & Air-Vapour Barrier (Main Floor);
- Soil Gas Barrier & Interior Drainage Stone;
- Foundation Frost Wall Framing, Insulation & Vapour Barrier;
- Pre-Final, Interior Operations, Finishes & Life Safety (Incl. Fire Stopping) Prior to Occupancy or Public Showing;
- Final - Exterior Weathertight Finished & Grading (Incl. Eavestroughs, Downspouts & Leaders in Place).
A list of requirements to be fulfilled prior to Commercial Occupancy Checklist.
For the Certification Occupancy Form Letter, please place it on your own letterhead and only include the sections that apply.
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:
- 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)