Cedar Sauna Bylaws in Winnipeg You Should be Aware of

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Installing a new cedar sauna is a great way to improve your lifestyle at home and offers the perfect way to relax and destress after a long day. Unfortunately, it’s never as easy as simply installing an outdoor sauna and instantly being able to relax, as there are bylaws and local regulations you’ll need to take into account. Before you get started, it’s important to understand some of the Winnipeg sauna bylaws that might affect your upcoming sauna installation. Knowing the ins and outs of Winnipeg’s bylaws will make it easier for you to plan for your new Dundalk western red cedar sauna, and will help you navigate the paperwork that will be required.

Cedar sauna building permit requirements

The City of Winnipeg requires that property owners within the city have a building permit for all construction work not including minor aesthetic touch-ups like painting and decorating, construction of fences, installation of cabinets and shelving, and other minor construction projects. Saunas, while not subject to the same bylaws as pools in Winnipeg, will likely require the construction of a new structure over 10m2 or 108 square feet, meaning that the project will indeed require a residential permit to begin. Many of our saunas are under 108 square feet, which negates the need for a building permit but will still require an electrical permit. 

Thankfully, the City of Winnipeg has made this easy for homeowners, allowing for residents and contractors to submit applications for permits digitally to reduce the amount of walk-in traffic during the pandemic. Simply create a Permits Online account and you’ll be able to apply for permits, submit other documents, view the status of your submitted permits, and make payments from the comfort of your own home.

Bylaws regarding solid fuel burning appliances in Winnipeg

Along with erecting a structure to house your sauna, you’ll require a stove to heat it. The City of Winnipeg requires that homeowners apply for a permit in order to install solid fuel burning appliances such as wood stoves and fireplaces. These bylaws have been put into place to ensure that installations are performed in accordance with certification standards and to avoid the threat of improper installations. In order to install a wood burning appliance, it must bear a certification from a certifying agency such as CSA International, Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada, and Internet Testing Services Ltd. 

Home alteration permits can be found here, as can owner statements which allow a contractor to apply for permits on your behalf. The appliance will also come with an instruction manual which must be strictly followed. Once the installation has been completed, an inspection will need to be performed by a third party WETT (Wood Energy Technology Transfer Inc.) certified inspector. For those who wish to opt for an electric sauna heater, you can find out more about electrical installations in Winnipeg, and fill out the City of Winnipeg’s housing electrical permit application form here.

If you’re planning on installing a new outdoor sauna, choose UV Pools for your outdoor sauna! To find out more about the outdoor saunas sold by the experienced team at UV Pools and to receive your free quote, get in touch with us today.