Prior to commencement of any construction work, all residents, property owners or contractors are required to obtain a building permit. Applications for building permits, once accurately completed, will go to the Souris-Glenwood Council for final approval. Approval must be obtained from Council before work can begin.
This is a guide only. If you have any questions, would like a complete copy of the Building By-laws pertaining to your project, or you would like a building permit application, please contact the Town Office at (204) 483-5200.
The owner or an agent of the owner must complete a building permit application form. Information on the application form includes:
- Identify and describe in detail the work being done (new, addition, alteration, renovation, repair, etc.)
- Describe the land on which the work is to be done by a description that will readily identify and locate the building lot. (A survey certificate showing the proper corner pegs on the lot.)
- In the case where there are pre-existing buildings on the land, a Building Location Certificate may be required to show the exact location of the buildings on the property.
- State the value of the proposed work-Use and size of the building
- Construction information (materials being used)
- State the names, addresses and telephone numbers of the owners, architects, professional engineer or other designer, and contractors.
- Drawings must be submitted with the complete building permit application to show what will be built.
* The exact specifications for drawings are available at the Town Office.
- Any additional information required or requested by the Building Inspector
Building permits are required for:
- Building a house
- Mobile homes
- Modular Homes & RTMs
- Accessory Buildings (defined as a garage or shed greater than 10’x10′)
- Underpinning (Re-enforcement of foundation)
Building permits are not required for:
- Replacement of stucco, siding or shingles of the same material
- Replacement of doors or windows (if the opening is not altered)
- Replacement of cabinets and shelves
- Accessory or storage building (detached) not greater than 10’x10′
A Demolition Permit is required for the removal of any building, structure or portion of.
The Owner or Contractor must notify the Building Inspector when building is at inspection stage.
- Stage One: Plan review
- Stage Two: Site inspection – one time.
- Stage Three: Foundation inspection
- Stage Four: Framing and plumbing inspection
- Stage Five: Final Inspection
A garage requires inspection at Stages 2, 3 and 5.
Additional Permit Information
While no building permit is required for an above ground swimming pool, the following regulations exist under the Manitoba Building Code:
- An outdoor private pool shall be enclosed with a fence or other suitable barrier constructed with the following requirements:
- A minimum height of 1.5m
- There shall be no openings, other than a door to a building or a gate as described in clause (c) and it shall not be possible for a child to crawl under either the fence or gate.
- Any gate shall be self closing, shall be at least 1.5m in height and shall be equipped with a lockable latch to prevent unauthorized entry.
- Where a chain link is used, the mesh size shall not exceed 50mm and the wire shall be at least number 11 gauge.
- Where other than chain link fence is used, the outside surface of the fence or gate shall be relatively smooth so as not to provide foot or toe holds.
- If, in the opinion of the Building Inspector, there is any undesirable feature pertaining to the enclosure, suitable steps shall be taken to correct the situation.
- Fences may not exceed three feet in height in a front yard.
- A fence must be set back 12 feet on the side site line on the street side of a corner site.
- A fence cannot exceed seven feet in a side yard or rear yard. (With the exception of a corner yard as explained in 1.a. A fence must be built within your own property line. To ensure this is done correctly, the following is needed to build a fence in the Town of Souris:
- A building permit (The Building Inspector will indicate if any information other than a survey certificate is required to obtain your permit.)
- A survey certificate showing the corner pegs on the lot.
The following features are permitted to be located:
- Open terraces, steps, decks and patios not exceeding a height of 1.2m above grade, provided that the following minimum separations are maintained:
- 4.5m from any front site line.
- 3m from the side site line on the street side of a corner site and:
- 3.6m from any interior side site line
All Commercial building renovations, whether structural or not, will require you to contact the Building Inspector at (204) 483-5200.