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Building Permits and Inspections

Permit Application Forms

Please obtain your permit application from your local building department. If the OFC is the Authority Having Jurisdiction and you require a permit application from the Office of the Fire Commissioner please contact us or print now:

Print a copy of the Building Permit Guide, which outlines the information, required when applying for a Building Permit.

Design and Construction Guides

In Manitoba, Building, Plumbing and Occupancy Permits are issued by one of 3 Authorities Having Jurisdiction in Manitoba:

  • Municipality
  • Planning District
  • Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC)

The Authority Having Jurisdiction is determined by the geographic location of the building in Manitoba and whether the building must comply with Part 9 or Part 3 of the Manitoba Building Code. Building and/or Plumbing Permits are required for new construction of all buildings, with the exception of farm buildings. Effective November 1, 2010, The OFC is the authority having jurisdiction for all farm buildings having an area greater than 600 sq.m. All building permits for those farm buildings greater than 600 sq.m. will be issued by the OFC under Manitoba Regulation 5/2017.

Building and/or Plumbing Permits are also required for building additions, alterations and renovations. Most municipal building by-laws do not normally require a Building Permit for renovations that do not exceed $5,000.00 construction value provided there is "no structural or life safety changes" to the building. To be sure of the requirements for a Building Permit contact your local building department, also known as an Authority Having Jurisdiction.

Occupancy Permits are required prior to occupancy of any newly constructed, renovated or repaired building where a building permit has been issued. Occupancy permits are not required for the construction, renovation or repair of a one-or two-family dwelling unit.

To determine who the Authority Having Jurisdiction is for your building project, click here.

If the Authority Having Jurisdiction for your project is the Office of the Fire Commissioner, please note that the “Municipal Authorization” section of your Building Permit Application must be completed prior to the OFC processing your permit. This will greatly reduce delays in processing permits.

Letter of Assurance and Certification

The Letter of Assurance and Certification forms are used by Professional Engineers (P. Eng) and Registered Architects to certify their building design meets the Manitoba Building, Plumbing, Fire and Electrical Codes and that the work and all related inspections are complete. By signing and sealing these form, the professional designers attest to the fact that they have completed inspections of the work as they deem necessary and proves their competency in the appropriate professional and technical disciplines to do the work.

 Permit Fees

  • Building Permit: Varies by building type, size and value
  • Plumbing Permit: Varies by building type (min. $60.00)
  • Occupancy Permit: $50.00

For Building Permit fees, value means the value of all construction work, including the value of all renovation and repair work, as stipulated in the contract price for the total project. If for any reason a permit is not obtained before the commencement of the work for which a permit is required, the fee for a permit is twice the amount prescribed in the Building Fees Regulation.

Click to open the Fee Calculator. For a complete list of fees see OFC Bulletin 18-006 and the Building Fees Regulation 211/2002. 

Alternative Solutions

Conformance with the Manitoba Building, Plumbing, Energy and Fire Codes (the Codes) is mandatory.  As these are objective based codes, there are two permitted options for conformance.  The first being the prescriptive approach as laid out in Division B of the Codes.  The second option is to propose an alternate solution as per Section 2.3 of Division C of the Codes.  All proposals for an alternate solution must be made by a registered professional, skilled and experienced in the matter.

  1. A proposed alternate solution is proprietary to that registered professional;
  2. An alternate solution is specific to a project and cannot be transferred to other designs or projects;
  3. Each alternate solution must be demonstrated as meeting the level of performance required by the objective, intent and function statements as noted in the Code;
  4. Acceptance of an alternate solution must be based on satisfactory documentation submitted to the Authority Having Jurisdiction to justify the proposal and not to an existing condition or approval from other projects.