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Planning, Property & Development

Housing inspections

Housing Inspections conducts audit inspections associated with permits issued in the following areas of housing construction: new building construction, additions, renovations/alterations, accessory structures, and changes of use. Please note that all projects that require a permit also require inspections.

Mandatory audit inspections

Once a permit is issued, site inspections need to be conducted by a City of Winnipeg housing inspector to audit the status of the project and assess compliance with applicable codes, standards, and bylaws. Homeowners are responsible for ensuring compliance. You are required to call for an inspection in two instances: upon completion of rough-in work (and prior to covering with drywall, interior finishes or concrete slabs); and at final completion of your construction project.

Learn more about mandatory inspections for various types of permits.

Types of inspections:

  • Building - from the foundation, structural framework, and interior finishing of housing structures, up to and including the roof
  • Plumbing - from three feet outside the building (basement) foundation wall, all drainage waste/venting and potable water pipes
  • Mechanical - indoor mechanical systems installed in the residence including heating, ventilation, and sump systems
  • Electrical - interior and exterior wiring, and lighting of a residence

Note: Housing inspections does not inspect propane and/or natural gas equipment, piping or utility installations.

Inspection requests

Housing Inspection Request Form (recommended method)

Phone 204-986-5300 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday

Extension request

If you are experiencing delays in starting or completing work, complying with a deficiency notification, or facing a demolition permit deadline, a project extension may be requested by completing the Extension Request Form.

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Last update: October 13, 2023

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