Building Permits


What is a building permit?

A building permit gives you legal permission to start construction of a building project.

Why is a building permit required?

A building permit is required in order to ensure that the building meets safety standards, reduces potential hazards of unsafe construction, and protects you and your family, the public, and your investment.

A building permits provides the means for the Municipal Building Inspector to review the project design and to inspect the construction for minimum standards as required by the Manitoba Building Code and respective Municipal Building By-Laws.

What if I do not get a building permit?

As a homeowner, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary permit(s).  A permit must be obtained before the project gets started – whether you or a contractor takes out the permit on your behalf.  Through the permitting process the building inspector has the responsibility of monitoring construction for compliance with Building Codes and By-laws.  The ultimate responsibility for compliance rests with the homeowner.  Work that is done without a permit may not meet the minimum code requirements and could result in substandard construction that may not be structurally adequate.  This could lead to costly repairs in the future to correct the problem or even a complete failure of the project.  Work that cannot be made to comply may require removal or legal action may be initiated to ensure compliance.

What construction projects require a building permit?

A building permit is required for new construction, renovations, additions, alterations, relocations and repair or rehabilitation of a building or structure.  Some minor repairs do not require a permit.  See below examples of projects that do and don’t require a building permit.

How do I obtain a building permit?

Submit an application to the Municipal Building Inspector Willie Brown along with construction plans of the proposed work.  The Building Inspector will review your application and plans to determine if your project complies with municipal and Building Code requirements.  A building permit fee (please see below fee schedule), based on the application, is collected to cover the cost of the application, the review and the inspection process.  If your plans meet the requirements, a permit is issued by the Building Inspector.  You must not begin your building project until you have the required building permit.

What other documents are required with the building permit application?

1.  Letter of Authorization: A letter is required from the property owner if someone is filling out the application on behalf of the owner.

2.  Current Certificate/Status of Title: Available from Teranet Manitoba the Neepawa Land Titles Office Phone:  1-844-737-5684 / Website:  / Email: 

3.  Construction Plans:  One hard copy and one electronic copy (PDF) of construction plans with a current seal by a Manitoba Professional Engineer.

Plans should include the following:

·        Foundation plan (With weeping tile information if applicable)

·        Future basement layout (If applicable)

·        Floor plan (With dimensions)

·        Elevation drawings

·        Detailed cross sections, dimensions and elevations

·        Roof and floor system plan from supplier

·        Plumbing layout - Schematic of the drainage system

·        Heating, ventilation and air conditioning drawings

·        Effective thermal resistance calculations for floor and ceiling

Who is Rossburn’s Building Inspector?

Our Building Inspector, Willie Brown, is an experienced official who is available should you have any questions concerning your project, and he is an ally to help you successfully and safely complete your building project.  Willie Brown can be reached at 204-773-6360 (cell) or email

How long does a building permit take to process?

We encourage you to submit your building permit well in advance of your project start date. Processing times will be dependent on the complexity of your application and the total number of applications received and the building inspector’s availability.  Applications for projects that are submitted in the busy construction season (April to September) may take longer to process.

When are Inspections Done?

Once you have been issued a building permit, on-site inspections will be required to make certain the work conforms to the permit, codes and plans.  The Building Inspector will let you know approximately how many inspections may be needed for your project.

Typical Required Inspections Stages:

The applicant/or designate must request inspections at least 48 hours (two regular working days) prior to proposed inspection time at the following typical stages of construction.

1.     Foundation Footing – when forms for footings and/or foundation walls are complete, but prior to placing any concrete, and when any reinforcing steel is placed and before any concrete is placed thereon.

2.     Drain Tiles and Dam Proofing – after installation of perimeter drain tiles and damp proofing but prior to backfilling against the foundation; when plumbing pipes or accessories are installed that would later be covered.

3.     Water and Sewer Lines – water and sewer lines must be inspected after bedding and prior to backfilling.

4.     Roof Framing and Sheathing – when roof framing and sheathing are complete, but before any insulation, lath, or other interior or exterior finish is applied which would conceal such work.

5.     Roughed-In Plumbing and Mechanical – framing and sheathing are complete roughed-in plumbing and mechanical works, including piping in a drainage and venting system and any plumbing accessories that could be concealed at a later stage of construction.

6.     Insulation and Vapour Barrier – when insulation and vapour barrier have been completed but before any drywall or other interior finish is applied.

7.     Fireplace or Chimney – when the smoke chamber of a fireplace or chimney thimble is complete but before any further assembly.

8.     Occupancy – when any part of the building is ready for occupancy but prior to occupying, and for final inspection of completed building.


The Municipality does not allow garages, accessory buildings or travel trailers on vacant land until the primary building has been erected.  Travel trailers must be in a permitted campground.

Examples of Projects that would NOT normally require a building permit:

  • Replacement of shingles with same material
  • Replacement of doors & windows, when the size of the opening is not altered
  • Replacement of siding or stucco
  • Construction of fences that comply with zoning by-law height requirements
  • Painting, patching & decorating
  • Installation of cabinets and shelves
  • Installation and replacement of sidewalks
  • Construction of accessory buildings and sheds less than 10 meters sq. (108 sq. ft.) – but the accessory building may still require a development permit

Examples of Projects that DO require a building permit:

  • Attached and/or detached garages and/or carports
  • Accessory buildings 10 meters sq. (108 sq. ft.) or more
  • Temporary Buildings
  • Decks
  • Repair and underpinning of foundations
  • Installation of solid fuel burning appliances such as wood stoves and fireplaces
  • Pools or any other device capable of holding 600 mm (24 inches) or more of water
  • Demolitions of whole or part of a building
  • Any structural modification

Building Permit Fees