FAQ - Construction-Related Permit Search
1. Q: What is the purpose of this website?
A: This website aims to provide easy access for the general public to search for a variety of construction-related permits dating back to January 1, 2000.
2. Q: The website lists permits issued after January 1, 2000. Can I access permits issued prior to that date?
3. Q: What types of permits are included in a search?
To learn about permits dated before 2000, contact the Planning, Property and Development Department Central Files office at 204-986-7395 or email PPD-CentralFiles@Winnipeg.ca
4. Q: Permits are listed as being 'issued', 'expired', 'closed', or 'closed with an incomplete inspection'. Please define each of these descriptions.
Search results include the following types of permits identified by the 2-character code following the permit number:
||General Public / Institutional
||Health Services / Education
||Recreation / Entertainment
||Safety / Protection
||Temporary Building Renewals
Note: This search does not include occupancy, development or sign permits.
5. Q: I want to buy a house and noticed it was 'closed with an incomplete inspection'. Does that mean the house isn't safe?
- Issued: The permit has been issued. All applicable plan review processes have been completed. Construction may have begun and inspections may have been performed. There may or may not be identified defects.
- Closed: The permit is closed. Construction and required inspections have been completed and any outstanding defects have been addressed. Audit program permits are included in this category. Permits in an audit program may not have had all standard inspections performed as a result of a more formal audit inspection process which allows for fewer inspections for builders/contractors who have a history of compliant construction.
- Expired: The permit has expired. A permit becomes expired when no work has proceeded within a specific timeframe
- Closed with an incomplete inspection: This is a subcategory of closed permits and includes those that were closed through a 'bulk' closing process and/or with no final inspections. The typical permit process requires applicants/building owners to initiate requests for inspections at various points during the construction process. When this has not occurred, and/or City resources were not sufficient to initiate further engagement, the City grouped certain permits and chose to close these permits despite their incomplete inspection processes. Current and potential property owners should be aware that construction under this closure status does not represent the standard inspection protocol.
A: Not necessarily. However, because the work was not inspected, the City cannot confirm it was constructed safely.
6. Q: Does the City recommend buying a home or building if a permit was closed with an incomplete inspection?
A: The City cannot make recommendations about whether you should purchase a home or building but we do recommend that the current building owner arrange to have inspections performed for the 'closed with an incomplete inspection' permit before selling. This would ensure the permit can be closed before any real estate transaction takes place.
7. Q: How do I arrange to get an inspection for the work done on a permit that was closed with an incomplete inspection?
A: Note the permit number on the results list and phone 204-986-5300 for housing related permits or 204-986-5190 for commercial or industrial permits.
8. Q: How much does an inspection cost for a permit that is closed with an incomplete inspection?
9. Q: What is a partial permit?
Whether you are requesting the inspection as the original permit applicant or not, if only one inspection is required, no further cost would be incurred because this would be included in the original cost of the permit. However, if additional inspections are required due to defects, etc., additional fees may be charged. See fees for extra inspections
A: In order to expedite work, some building permits can be issued in stages wherein permission is granted for part of the construction of a final structure. Permission (permits) has not yet been issued for the rest of construction pending additional plan submission, review of plans, approvals, and/or revisions to submitted plans which are being made for the rest of the structure.