WHAT IS A BUILDING PERMIT?
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 the municipal development officer, 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.
WHEN DO I NEED A BUILDING PERMIT?
The best way to find out if you need a permit is to call the municipal office. 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 before you begin construction to determine whether you need a permit. Permits are usually required for the following:
- New buildings
- Additions (bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms, etc.)
- Residential work (decks, garages, sheds, fences over 6 feet, fireplaces, pools, water heaters, etc.)
- Renovations (garage conversions, basement furnishings, kitchen expansions, re-roofing, etc)
- Electrical systems (see MB Hydro to obtain a permit)
- Plumbing systems
- HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning) systems
- Change in use of land, building or structures
WHY SHOULD I OBTAIN A BUILDING PERMIT?
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 striclty 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 heatlh, safety and welfare. By following code guidelines, our 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.
HOW CAN I OBTAIN A BUILDING PERMIT?
1. Talk to your local municipal office
The municipality wants your project to be a success and will help you avoid potential problems that could cost you time and money. You will be asked some basic questions (What are you planning to do? Where?), advised of any requirements and, if necessary, referred to other departments for their approval. The development officer will provide you with the resources and information needed for compliance with the applicable building codes. You will then receive an application for a building permit.
2. Submit Application
At this stage you will document the "Who, What, When, Where and How" of the job, along with any sketches or plans of the proposed work. Normally, separate permits are required for electrical, plumbing, and heating or air-conditioning work. In a brief amount of time, the code official will review your plans and determine if your project is in compliance with local requirements. If your plans meet these requirement, a permit is issued. If not, the code officer may suggest solutions to help correct the problem.
3. Receive Permit
Now that you have been approved for a pemit, you have legal permission to start construction. A fee, based on the size of the job, is collected to cover the cost of the application, the review and inspection process. An experienced code official is available to you should you have any questions concerning your project. You should consider your code official as an ally who will help you make your project a success.
4. Job-site Visits
On-site inspections will be required to make certain the work conforms to the permit, local codes and plans. Again, you will have access to the expertise of the code official to help you with questions or concerns regarding the project and to ward off potentially costly mistakes. The code official will let you know approximately how many inspections may be needed for your project. Usually, a one- or two-day notice is needed when requesting visits.
5. Receive Final Approval
Documentation will be provided when construction is complete and code compliance is determined. You will then have the personal satisfaction of a job done right. Enjoy your new surroundings with the peace of mind and the knowledge that they meet the safety standards in your community.
Please note that pools capable of holding over 24" of water require a permit. For the guidelines on pools click here! To apply for your pool permit or for your final inspection, please call the town office at 204 422-5293. Click here for an application form.
If you are looking to subdivide your property, please contact the Steinbach Community Planning Branch at 204-346-6240.
Click here for an application form.