Do I Need A Permit For My Pre-Built Shed?

 By-laws differ from city to city, and the best way to know whether or not you need a permit is to visit your municipality’s website.

In this article, we will focus on Winnipeg’s permitting requirements. Some of the advice given here may apply to municipalities other than Winnipeg, but you shouldn’t take that for granted—always review the rules and regulations in your area before purchasing a shed or other detached structures. 

Development Permit Vs. Building Permit

To install a shed in the City of Winnipeg—even a pre-built shed—you need two different types of permits:

  • A development permit (sometimes called a zoning and development permit)
  • A building permit

Both of these permits accomplish different goals. Let’s take a closer look at each:

Zoning and Development Permits

Development permits grant permission to homeowners and business owners to develop a piece of land. Some of the things established by zoning and development permits include:

  • What land you want to use
  • How the land will be used
  • The size and location of any buildings
  • The size and location of exterior design elements
  • Where property lines are, and that your building does not go too close to or over property lines
  • And more

Your development application will be reviewed to ensure that your project complies with the City’s Zoning By-laws, as well as other applicable guidelines, regulations, and requirements. Once your development permit has been secured, you gain the right to use the land in the ways described by the development permit. 

Building Permits

Where a development permit gives you permission to use a piece of land to build or install a new structure (like a storage shed), a building permit ensures that the structure complies with Winnipeg’s building codes, structural standards, and other standards. 

You can only obtain a building permit once you’ve already obtained a development permit—you need a building permit to install a pre-built shed. To successfully obtain a building permit, you’ll need to submit application forms, site plans, building plans, and more to the City of Winnipeg.

Once you’ve obtained both your development permit and your building permit, you will have permission to install your pre-built shed on your property. 

How To Get a Permit

You can visit your local zoning department or local city hall website in order to find zoning and development permits, as well as building permits. 

There is a lot of information to fill out on both development permits and building permits. For a development permit, you’ll need to include:

  • A list of all relevant parties (property owners, applicants, engineers, contractors, etc.)
  • Checklists and documentation, including the status of title, landscape plans, civil drawings, etc.
  • And more

For a building permit, you’ll need to include:

  • General information about the work being done
  • Site plans
  • Building plans
  • And more

The permitting process is not a simple one, but we can help. We have experience obtaining permits from the City of Winnipeg and other municipalities in the Prairies, so don’t let the daunting paperwork stop you from getting a beautiful new shed. 

Related Permits

Once you’ve obtained your shed permit—both the development permit and the building permit—you might be ready to build your outdoor shed. Certain sheds we offer feature surface-mounted electrical, so you may need electrical installation permits to install them.

At Horizon Storage Sheds, we can help you secure any permits you may need to install your shed, whether you’re getting a simple storage shed or a fully decked-out workshop shed.  Get in touch with us today; we’ll help you every step of the way!