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On January 1, 2024, the new Manitoba Building, Plumbing, Energy and Fire Codes will be in effect. See the 2024 construction codes implementation bulletin to learn about how the new codes will apply to your project.
Le 1er janvier 2024, les nouveaux codes du bâtiment, de la plomberie, de l’énergie et de la prévention des incendies du Manitoba entreront en vigueur. Consultez le bulletin sur la mise en œuvre des codes de construction de 2024 pour savoir comment les nouveaux codes s’appliqueront à votre projet.
Is a permit required?
Yes, a development permit is required.
A development permit is required for all signs as per the Winnipeg Zoning By-law, with the exception of:
- Window signs, unless they occupy more than 50 percent of a window surface (calculated between the mullions) on any façade of the principal building, in which case they are treated as a fascia sign.
- Real estate signs, constructions signs and temporary signs that comply with section 180 of the Winnipeg Zoning By-law.
Yes, a building permit is required.
If structural work is proposed, a building permit is required as per the Winnipeg Building By-law. Typically, all signs other than face-replace-only signs require a building permit.
- Sample drawings
- Free-standing signs structural requirements
- The majority of signs require engineered drawings. Engineering is not typically required in the following scenarios, but there may be exceptions determined by the City:
- Signs not greater than 3.0 m2 (32 sq. ft.) in area
- Signs not greater than 1.22 m (4’-0”) above grade to the top of the sign
- Signs with individual letters not greater than 0.37 m2 (4 sq. ft.) that are not attached to other letters and have independent building attachment
- Face replacement of signs if no other changes are being made
Review the development and building permit process to help navigate application requirements.
Applications for signs will be processed as combined development and/or building permit applications. Separate applications are not required.
To apply for a development and/or building permit, provide the following documentation. Refer to the permit application for detailed information that must be included in each document.
- Free standing, fascia, canopy or awning, billboard, projecting, roof, or special event signs
- Sign development and/or building permit application form
- Letter of authorization (required for digital signs only)
- Site plan
- Sign plans
- Required Professional Designer's Certificate (if plans are sealed by an engineer)
- Mobile signs
- Mobile sign permit application form
- Letter of authorization
- Encroachment sign application (required for all projecting signs)
- Electrical sign permit application form (required for all illuminated signs)
- Downtown urban design review (required for signs in the downtown area)
- Heritage permits (required for signs on heritage buildings)
- Waterway permits (required for signs in the waterways area)
How to apply
Please ensure you have gathered all required documentation before applying.
Please contact us.