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A building permit gives you legal permission to start construction of a building project in accordance with approved drawings and specifications. Building permits are very beneficial to you and your community. By working with an expert code official, you will benefit from their knowledge of the building codes to ensure your construction project is built right, will be safe and will last. Safe construction practices help protect you, your family, your friends and your investment. Be sure to get your local code official involved with your project, because the building department is on your side.
The best way to find out if you need a permit is to call your local building department. The staff is there to serve the public by providing information about safety and understanding of your local building codes. Be sure to discuss your plans with the code official before you begin construction to determine whether you need a permit. If a permit is not needed, the code official will answer your construction questions and provide valuable advice. Permits are usually required for the following:
Increased Value - Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by your community, the value of your investment could be reduced. Property insurers may not cover work done without permits and inspections. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied or do costly repairs.
Protects - A property owner who can show that code requirements were strictly and consistently met, as demonstrated by a code official's carefully maintained records, has a strong ally if something happens to trigger a potentially destructive lawsuit.
Ensures Safety - Your permit also allows the code official to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety and welfare. By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends or future owners.
This Web site can keep you up to date on the latest construction news and will offer many tips for how you can make your home as safe as possible.
Alliance of Canadian Building Officials Association - ACBOA
Association of Manitoba Municipalities - AMM
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba - APEGM
Office of the Fire Commissioner - OFC
Manitoba Association of Architects - MAA
National Fire Protection Association - NFPA
Underwriters Laboratories of Canada - ULC
Modular Housing Association Prairie Provinces - MHAPP
Canadian Construction Materials Centre - CCMC
ABOA - Alberta Building Officials Association
BOABC - Building Officials Association of B.C.
NSBOA - Nova Scotia Building Officials Association
NBBOA - New Brunswick Building Officials Association
OBOA - Ontario Building Officials Association
SBOA - Saskatchewan Building Officials Association
National Building Code of Canada: 2015
National Plumbing Code of Canada: 2015
National Fire Code of Canada: 2015
National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings: 2015
National Building Code of Canada: 2010
National Plumbing Code of Canada: 2010
National Fire Code of Canada: 2010
National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings: 2011