Bill 38

Information on how the City has modified the permit process and application requirements to align with Bill 38.

What is Bill 38?

Bill 38 is provincial legislation: The Building and Electrical Permitting Improvement Act. Further details on the legislation, including how it impacts City of Winnipeg services and residents will be defined in forthcoming provincial regulations. Please consult the Province of Manitoba’s website for more information.

Is Bill 38 in effect?

The City does not have information on when Bill 38 will be in effect, but we anticipate early 2023. Please contact the Province of Manitoba for further information.

How will the City ensure it is meeting the service standards in Bill 38?

The City supports predictable and consistent processing times for permit applications. To assist with meeting the service standards established in Bill 38, the City:

  1. has separated the processing of development and building permit applications as required by the legislation
  2. has improved communication of submission requirements on permit application forms to assist applicants with submitting complete applications
  3. intends to develop an interdepartmental service level agreement to assist with timely processing
How will building permit applications be impacted by Bill 38?

Instead of being processed concurrently, building permit applications require prerequisite development permits, where applicable to the scope of work for the project. Building permit applications are subject to the provincial service standards and applicants may notice changes to the type of communication received during the permit process. 

How will electrical permit applications be impacted by Bill 38?

There is no change to the application process for electrical permits at this time. Applicants may notice changes to the type of communication received during the permit process.

How will occupancy permit applications be impacted by Bill 38?
There is no change to the application process for occupancy permits or inspections at this time. Applicant may notice changes to the type of communication received during the permit and/or inspection process. Note: an occupancy permit application is considered complete once all mandatory inspections have been completed and required certifications and supporting documents have been accepted.

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