The building code requirements will apply to all farm buildings over 600 sq.m.

Local farm groups had been complaining for years Manitoba’s building code regulations for farm buildings were too onerous because they required them to be built to commercial-industrial standards. They argued that was inappropriate for low human-occupancy farm buildings such as barns or storage sheds and in many cases made it too costly to build new farm structures or to expand or modernize existing ones.

– Source: Winnipeg Free Press

SOME of the key changes that will apply to farm buildings in the province:

  • Establishing a ‘low-human occupancy’ building classification for most types of farm buildings, which will recognize lower risks by reducing additional regulatory requirements for items such as full fire alarm systems.
  • Focusing on ways to prevent fires from spreading to neighbouring buildings while still allowing these low-human occupancy buildings to be grouped together to meet operational needs.
  • Applying only structural requirements for unenclosed farm buildings that are used for storing hay or as livestock shelters.
  • Removing the requirements for fire-rated separations in high-humidity environments where the building materials are unsuitable, or in areas where animals are likely to damage them.
  • Providing more options for meeting entrance and exit requirements.
  • Allowing flexibility in the direction a door can swing in order to meet operational needs.
  • Allowing flexibility in requirements related to the covering foamed-plastic insulation in high-humidity vegetable storage facilities such as potato storage sheds.
  • Adjusting emergency lighting requirements to be responsive to the needs of poultry and egg producers.

— Source: Province of Manitoba