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Building Code

  • RESIDENTIAL CARE USER GUIDE (pdf doc) Updates to the Manitoba Building/Fire Code - Manitoba Regulation 221/2015 and Manitoba Regulation 222/2015 - Effective April 1, 2016, Manitoba Regulation 221/2015 and 222/2015, which only deals with residential care facilities, will come into effect (view full details in letter to stakeholder)
  • March 17, 2015 - Manitoba Fire Safety Enhancement Recommendations Prepared by The Fire Safety Task Force and the Residential Care Working Group - Ways to improve fire safety in care and treatment facilities (Read Full Report) See News Release "Manitioba Government Accepts All Recommendations of Fire Safety Task Force"
  • Consolidation of the National Building Code - Section 3.8., Barrier-Free Design to include Manitoba Building Code amendments pertaining to Section 3.8 (read more...) PDF - Posted November 2013
  • Change to the Manitoba Building Code Regarding Residential Care Facilities - Effective April 15, 2013, residential care facilities (RCFs) can be classified as residential occupancies provided they have certain safety features (view full details OFC13 - 0001 Bulletin)
  • Now available: Intent statements for the National Building Code of Canada 2010 - Intent statements for the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) have been updated for the 2010 edition and are now available, free of charge, on the National Codes website www.nationalcodes.nrc.gc.ca. Intent statements contain additional, non-mandatory information not available elsewhere that provides guidance to Code users to help them understand the rationale behind each requirement. This contributes to a more accurate interpretation and application of acceptable solutions published in Division B of the NBC and a clearer understanding of what alternative solutions should achieve. For further information, please contact Anne Gribbon, Secretary to the CCBFC, at anne.gribbon@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.
  • Manitoba Building Code Amendment - Intent Statement (Intent statements explain in non-technical language, the intent of code references listed in the Manitoba Building Code. Each intent statement explains the intent of how that provision assists to achieve its objective and functional statements to limit the risk of misinterpreting a code reference in the design process.)
    • Manitoba Code Amendment - Attached Storage Garages - The intent of this new Code requirement is as follows: to limit the probability that fire will spread from a storage garage to other parts of the dwelling unit, which could lead to harm to persons in the other parts of the dwelling unit. (read more...) PDF
    • Detached Garage Guidelines - (view diagram) PDF

Construction Code

newBuilding and Fire Safety Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes Hosts Public Review on Proposed Changes to the National Model Construction Codes - Read OFC 16 - 004

Second Revisions and Errata to Construction Code Publications

Delegation of Authority - This bulletin is to inform local authorities, local assistants and individuals delegated authority by the local assistant under section 23(3) of The Fires Prevention and Emergency Response Act (FPERA), that the appointment of any person to the position of local assistant, or those delegated authority by the local assistant, and operating within the provisions of the FPERA, is under the direction and supervision of the local authority. OFC16 - 002 Bulletin Appendix A & B

Energy and Water Efficiency

  • The Office of the Fire Commissioner has released a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings (MECB). The FAQ provides clarification on the intent, application and implications of the MECB for design professionals and the public (Read FAQ)
  • Adoption of The National Energy Code for Buildings - On December 1, 2014, the 2011 National Energy Code for Buildings became effective in Manitoba via provincial Regulation 213/2013. It is known as the Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings (MECB). These new efficiency standards affect building envelope, lighting, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, water heating, and electrical systems and, as per MECB Article 1.1.1.1, will apply to construction of new buildings and additions governed under Part 3 of the Manitoba Building Code. (Read bulletin - OFC 14-006)
  • Click here to dowload the free PDF version of Section 9.36 Energy Efficiency in Houses and Small Buildings is available on the National Research Council's website.
  • Alternatives for Application of Manitoba’s new Energy and Water Efficiency Regulations (Read more...)
  • Manitoba’s new Building and Plumbing Code Amendments on Energy and Water Efficiency - October 15, 2010 (Read more...)
  • Energy Efficiency - OFC Consultation Document (Read more...)

 

Farm Building

Fire Code

A Fire Inspector's Guide (PDF)

Regulations under the Fire Prevention and Emergency Response Act

  • The Office of the Fire Commissioner has released a bulletin to inform local authorities and local assistants of the process involved in requesting consideration for the Fire Commissioner to impose an administrative penalty, under section 15.1(1) of The Fires Prevention and Emergency Response Act (FPERA),on a person who has been non-compliant with addressing an order issued by a local assistant or a designate. Read OFC 16 - 003 Administrative Penalties.
  • Administrative Penalties Regulation M.R. 207/2014 - Read bulletin OFC 14 - 005
  • Fire Safety Inspections (2014) Regulation M.R. 208/2014 - The new regulation requires that a local authority ensure that a fire safety inspection of a high-hazard industrial occupancy (a building classified under the Manitoba Building Code as belonging to Group F, Division 1) within its boundaries is conducted at a minimum of 1 inspection during August 11, 2014 - July 1, 2017 and a minimum of 1 inspection during every 24 month period after July 1, 2017. Read bulletin OFC 14 - 004

Fire Safety

March 17, 2015 - Manitoba Fire Safety Enhancement Recommendations Prepared by The Fire Safety Task Force and the Residential Care Working Group - Ways to improve fire safety in care and treatment facilities (Read Full Report)

Fees

  • Amendment Increases Building Permit Fees for buildings other than one - and two- family dwellings in effect September 19, 2012 (view schedule of increase in pdf)

Plumbing Code

National Plumbing Code of Canada 2010 – new version of 2013 revisions and errata package - A new, corrected version of the 2013 revisions and errata package for the National Plumbing Code of Canada 2010 has been issued. If you have already downloaded the package, please replace it with the attached version. The revisions and errata package can also be viewed, downloaded and printed free of charge at the National Model Construction Code website. Also available in PDF format. (Posted January 29, 2014)