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Building Occupancy Permit

A Building Occupancy Permit is used by the City of Winnipeg to assist in regulating building code requirements. An occupancy permit is required for the construction, substantial alteration or change of use of portions of buildings, or buildings other than single family dwellings, two family dwellings or multi-family dwellings without shared exits. Some temporary buildings and events, such as weddings with large tents or street parties, also require an occupancy permit.

An occupancy permit indicates to the general public the terms and nature of the occupancy permission.

A Building Occupancy Permit is sometimes accompanied by an Occupant Load Placard where required by code, or deemed necessary by the Authority Having Jurisdiction.

Building Occupancy Permit - Background

Requirements for occupancy in Winnipeg were established in 1965. Between 1974 and 1987, jurisdictional authority was exercised under several by-laws governing different parts of what is today known as the City of Winnipeg. This led to some slight location-specific variations in the requirements for occupancy.

In 1987, jurisdictional authority was unified under By-Law 4555/87 and requirements for occupancy were applied to all regulated buildings.

The various amendments of the governing by-law are not retroactive. Therefore, spaces and uses that were established with a proper building permit in the past did not need a new occupancy when a subsequent and more stringent amendment to the by-law was passed. However, if a space or use was not legally established at the time through the building permit process, upon discovery of the violation, the current tenant could be ordered to obtain an occupancy permit as per current by-law requirements.

Occupancy Permit Requirements

Current Requirements (1994 - April 4, 2022)

Existing requirements for occupancy are outlined in Section 15 of Winnipeg Building By-law No.4555/87: http://clkapps.winnipeg.ca/dmis/docext/viewdoc.asp?documenttypeid=1&docid=1265&doctype=c

Between 1994 and April 4, 2022, all new occupancies (except those exempt under the By-law), require an occupancy permit specific to the occupant. On April 4, 2022 this requirement was removed. Multi-family dwellings with shared exits require a single, initial occupancy permit, but each subsequent change of occupant or building/ unit owner does not require a new occupancy permit.

Search Results

This search provides a list of permits issued after December 29th, 1998. Results do not include permits that were cancelled, expired, or are currently in the application process. For information on occupancy permits issued prior to December 29th, 1998, call 204‑986‑5136 or email: occupancy@winnipeg.ca.

Definitions:

1 Interim Building Occupancy Permit The permit certifies that to the best of the Department's knowledge, all life-safety systems, related construction work under the associated building permit or specified portion thereof, has been completed in accordance with the requirements of the Winnipeg Building By-law. The authority having jurisdiction may issue an Interim Building Occupancy Permit for partial use of a building or structure. The owner must obtain a final building occupancy permit within a specified period of time. Occupying with an expired interim occupancy permit is a violation and is subject to possible enforcement action.
2 Building Occupancy Permit A final Building Occupancy Permit certifies that to the best of the Department's knowledge there is no outstanding work that has to be completed in order for the requirements of the Winnipeg Building By Law to be met in respect to a specific permit application.
3 Tenant or Occupant Name Name of the business occupying the building or tenancy space, which is in care and control of it.
4 Use For record predating November 14, 2022, approved zoning use as denoted under Winnipeg Zoning By-Law No. 200/2206 or Downtown Winnipeg Zoning By-Law No. 100/2004.
For records issued after that date, building use description aligned with the Manitoba Building Code.
5 Major Occupancy Group (set out in the Manitoba Building Code) A1 - assembly occupancy intended for the production and viewing of the performing arts
A2 - assembly occupancy not elsewhere classified in Group A
A3 - assembly occupancy of the Arena type
A4 - assembly occupancy in which the occupants are gathered in the open air
B1 - detention occupancy
B2 - treatment occupancy
B3 - care occupancy
B4 - residential care
C - residential occupancy
D - business and personal services
E - mercantile occupancy
F1 - high hazard industrial occupancy
F2 - medium hazard industrial occupancy
F3 - low hazard industrial occupancy
6 Issuance Date The date the Interim or final Occupancy Permit was granted.
7 Expiry Date The date the Interim Occupancy permit will expire
8 Occupancy Load The maximum number of persons for which a building or part thereof is designed
9 Base Building Occupancy Permit Refers to an occupancy permit indicating that a building or part thereof is fit for occupancy without commenting on individual units within that space. This type of permit needs to be in place before an occupancy permit for any unit within the area covered by the base building permit can be issued.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does "occupancy" mean?
A: Occupancy refers to the use or intended use of a building or part thereof for the shelter or support of people, animals or property. Moving of, stock or goods, inventory, personal belongings, or occupants on the premises falls under the "occupancy" definition.

Q: What is a Building Occupancy Permit?
A: A Building Occupancy Permit provides written authorization pursuant to The Winnipeg Building By-Law No. 4555/87 to occupy any building or part thereof in the City: http://clkapps.winnipeg.ca/dmis/docext/viewdoc.asp?documenttypeid=1&docid=1265&doctype=c.

Q: Who needs a new Occupancy Permit?
A:

  • Every new occupant/tenant proposing a change of use and/or significant alterations to a building or part thereof.
  • Every existing occupant/tenant who has to vacate the entire building, floor, wing, or unit to accommodate alterations, or where in the opinion of the Authority Having Jurisdiction, the alterations are significant enough to warrant one
  • Every existing occupant/tenant who is relocating or expanding their unit within a building
  • Every existing occupant/tenant who wishes to increase the occupant load of the occupied space
  • The building owner, when constructing a new building or addition

Q: Who can apply for an occupancy permit?
A: An application can be made by the building owner or authorized agent. An authorized agent could be the property manager, the intended occupant/tenant, the general contractor, or a designer (architect, engineer or interior designer).

Q: How do I obtain an Occupancy Permit?
A: Obtaining an occupancy permit is a two-part process:

  1. Plan submission and approval. The applicant completes an application package and submits it to the Zoning and Permits Branch located in Unit 31, 30 Fort Street. The submission will be screened to ensure it is complete and distributed to various parties for review. Once the reviewers have been satisfied that the proposal complies with all applicable regulations, a building permit can be paid for and picked up. This enables the applicant to commence the needed construction work. For submission requirements, contact the Branch at 204‑986‑5140 or refer to these applications:

    Building and Site Design Summary - New Construction and Additions
    http://winnipeg.ca/ppd/permits/pdf/BDS/2014/BDS_newcode.pdf

    Commercial Alteration Design Summary - Interior and/0r Exterior Alterations
    http://winnipeg.ca/ppd/permits/pdf/CADS/CADS.pdf

  2. Inspections. Upon substantial completion of construction work, the applicant must submit a request form to the Occupancy Permit Clerk to trigger occupancy-related inspections. Once all required disciplines (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and fire where applicable) have completed their inspections, a written decision is sent to the applicant. Occupancy is either approved on an interim basis or issued as a final approval. If there are deficiencies of more serious nature, a denial letter will be sent, requiring the deficiencies to be remedied and another inspection will have to be scheduled.
    Please refer to the most recent version of the Planning, Development, and Building Fees and Charges By-Law:
    http://clkapps.winnipeg.ca/dmis/docext/ViewDoc.asp?DocumentTypeId=1&DocId=6820

Q: Can occupancy happen prior to the issuance of an Occupancy Permit?
A: No. Any occupancy without a valid Building Occupancy Permit is a violation of The Winnipeg Building By-law and subject to enforcement action.
If you don't see an occupancy permit at this address, this does not necessarily mean that:

  1. there is not an occupancy permit in place
  2. an occupancy permit has not been applied for
  3. a particular occupant is there illegally
  4. occupancy permit for the building or particular portion of the building is or is not required

Q: Why is the occupant/tenant field blank on my search result?
A: If your search result returns a blank space under the occupant/tenant heading, you are likely looking at a base building occupancy permit, or a permit predating the By-Law amendment from 1994, when occupancy for a new occupant/tenant became a requirement. Same can be true for occupancy permits applied for on or after April 4, 2022.

Q: Where can I obtain more information?
A: Contact the Occupancy Permit Clerk by phone at 204‑986‑5136 or via email at occupancy@winnipeg.ca