WHAT IS A BUILDING PERMIT?
A building permit is a document from the Local Planning District that provides legal authorization to begin construction of a building project.
WHY IS A BUILDING PERMIT REQUIRED?
A building permit is required in order to protect the health and safety requirements of the public. A building permit allows the building inspector to review the project design before construction begins to ensure compliance with Building Codes and Zoning By-Law regulations. The building inspector visits the site to ensure the construction meets the minimum standards of the Manitoba Building Code and Building By-law.
WHERE CAN I OBTAIN A BUILDING AND PLUMBING PERMIT?
A building and plumbing permit must be obtained by applying at the Local Planning Office prior to construction.
WHAT DOCUMENTATION IS REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR A BUILDING PERMIT?
- Complete legal description of the property.
- A site plan showing proposed setbacks from property lines for new and all existing structures on the site.
- 2 complete set of plans.
- Plumbing schematic is required.
- Drawing of the ventilation and heating system is required.
- List of contractors who will be performing work on the project
WHAT DO THE BUILDING PLANS AND CONSTRUCTION DETAILS HAVE TO INDICATE?
- Complete foundation, dimensioned and fully detailed
- Sumps and weeping tiles for all dwellings is mandatory
- Building sections indicating all building materials
- Floor plans, all levels
- Indicate joists on floor plans or provide separate joist layouts
- Elevations on the complete structures
A PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER’S STAMP IS REQUIRED FOR:
- Preserved wood foundations
- Pile foundations for single storey residence exceeding MBC Part 9 limitations
- Pile foundations for residences of two storeys or more
- Concrete foundation walls which exceed 39’ 4” in length
- Timber-frame or log construction
- Any foundation not below frost. Example - Concrete footing
TYPICAL PROJECTS THAT REQUIRE A BUILDING PERMIT
- Finishing previously unfinished spaces in a home such as basement developments, recreations rooms, family rooms, attics, etc.
- Repair and underpinning of foundations
- Installation of solid fuel burning appliances such as wood stoves and fireplaces
- Installation of swimming pools including any device capable of holding over 24 in./600 mm of water
- Construction of open decks with a floor height over 8 in./200 mm above ground level
- Enclosure of an existing open deck (ie. Sunroom)
- Erection of temporary structures, such as special events tents, temporary garages – that will stand for a period of over 48 hours
- Construction of detached accessory buildings (storage sheds, gazebos, etc.)
- Construction of attached and detached garages or carports
- Demolition, removal or partial removals of buildings or structures
- Projects receiving assistance from the Home Renovations Tax Assistance (HRTA) program
IF IN DOUBT, PLEASE CONTACT THE BUILDING INSPECTOR!
IS A PERMIT REQUIRED FOR A WELL & SEPTIC FIELD?
Yes, this can be obtained from Manitoba Conservation.
IS AN ELECTRICAL PERMIT REQURIED?
Yes, this permit is obtained from Manitoba Hydro office.
WHAT IF I FAIL TO TAKE OUT A PERMT?
Work that is done without a permit may not meet the minimum building code requirements and could result in substandard construction that may not be structurally adequate. This could lead to costly repairs in the future to correct the problem or even a complete failure of the construction. Work that cannot be made to comply will require removal. The cost of a permit, “after the fact” may be doubled. Legal action may be initiated to ensure compliance.
WHEN ARE INSPECTIONS REQUIRED?
Please be advised that the following inspections are required prior and during construction. It is the PERMIT HOLDER’S responsibility to notify the inspector at EACH of the following stages. Failure to comply, may make it necessary to uncover affected areas in order that the inspection can be carried out. This will cause unnecessary work and expense for the owner.
1. Site Inspection Site must be staked & flagged, including the lot lines & building location.
2. Foundation Inspection Once the forms & steel are in place, prior to pouring.
3. Weeping Tile & Damp Do not back fill until you have had your inspection.
or Water Proofing Use only pea gravel or crushed stone (not limestone)
4. Close-in-stage Main structure to be erected, with the windows and doors installed.
5. Plumbing Inspection Plumbing drains to be roughed in, but PRIOR to fixtures being installed. An air or water test may be required, which will be the responsibility of owner.
6. Prior to drywall Call once the insulation & vapour barrier are in place, but PRIOR to any wall covering installation.
7. Final inspection Upon total completion of project. (Including interior & exterior handrails)
ALL of the above inspections must be carried out.
This is a general guide line, make sure to contact your local government for more details.