Wood stoves & fireplaces
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 building permit is required.
Installing a solid fuel burning appliance, such as a wood stove or fireplace, requires a building permit as per the Winnipeg Building By-law.
No, a development permit is not required.
Installing a solid fuel burning appliance, such as a wood stove or fireplace, inside a structure does not require a development permit as per the Winnipeg Zoning By-law.
Certified, manufactured appliances must be installed in strict accordance with the manufacturer's installation instructions and the appliance must bear the certification label from the certifying agency.
Agencies that provide acceptable certifications (and labeling) are:
CSA International (formerly the Canadian Standards Association)
Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada
Intertek Testing Services Ltd. (formerly Warnock Hersey Professional Services Ltd.)
Uncertified manufactured units must be installed in strict accordance with B365-10 (R2015) - Installation code for solid-fuel-burning appliances and equipment. Purchase this document.
Improper installation of household appliances, including: furnaces, boilers, stoves, ranges, factory-built fireplaces and water heaters, are a leading cause of house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. This standard specifies the requirements for the installation, alteration and maintenance of solid-fuel-burning appliances and equipment installed indoors or outdoors. "Solid fuel" includes cordwood, wood chips, sawdust, peat logs, kernel corn, and coal.
Review the development and building permit process to help navigate application requirements.
To apply for a building permit, provide the following documentation. Refer to the permit application for detailed information that must be included in each document.
- Alterations – single/two family dwelling building permit application form
- Owner statement (not required if owner is the applicant)
Note: All solid fuel burning appliances will require a Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) certified inspection report to be submitted after installation. Find a WETT certified professional in Manitoba .
- Electrical installations
Note: A separate electrical permit will be required, if applicable, to add required carbon monoxide detector and any additional electrical related to the appliance installation.
How to apply
Please ensure you have gathered all required documentation before applying.
Please contact us.