Commercial Permits

Why is a Permit Required?

The permit approval and inspection process is intended to ensure that your project meets all necessary codes and regulations, in order to promote the health, safety and well-being of current and future occupants. As a property owner, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary permit(s). A permit must be obtained before the project gets started, whether or not you choose to have a contractor take out a permit on your behalf. Obtaining a permit means that the work will be inspected by an experienced, professional Red River Planning District Inspector to ensure that required standards are met (Manitoba Building Code, applicable zoning regulations, and Building By-law requirements).

The Development Services Department is assigned the responsibility of monitoring construction and for compliance with the various Building Codes and By-laws. This monitoring is carried out by means of the permit approval process and site inspections. The ultimate responsibility for compliance rests with the owner. As the property owner, you or your designate should contact the Inspections desk for the required inspection a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Calls for inspections will be taken from Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:15 pm at 204-482-2956.

Work that is done without a permit may not meet the minimum 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” will be doubled and legal action may be initiated to ensure compliance.