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Most municipalities require homeowners to submit site plans and construction details of their proposed deck before starting any deck construction.  This is to ensure that the construction is safe and aligned with the building code and bylaw regulations. The process can be tough for anybody not familiar with the deck permitting regulations.

Do I need a Deck Project permit?

YES you need a Deck Project permit:

  • If your deck is more than 2 feet off the ground
  • Placed in a minimum set back
  • or if it increases lot coverage beyond maximum allowed.

NO you likely do not need a Deck Project permit:

  • If your deck is at ground level
  • or less than 2 feet off the ground,
  • or if it does not trigger variances to the zoning and municipal bylaws

What if the Deck Project is already completed?

What if the deck work is already completed? It is possible to obtain a deck permit for work already completed. The permit process is the same in that you have to file the blueprint/drawing illustrating the current conditions. The difference is that you may have to do some upgrades if the work was not done to code.

Use our expertise. We provide on-site support to assist you with the regulations and requirements of building codes and bylaws that will impact your project. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will measure and document the existing and new developments of your home. We will identify and interpret any foreseeable issues and provide solutions and direction to get the job done right.

Protect the investment in your home. Many people make the mistake of building without a permit. It is very important to protect your investment in your home and avoid any future problems with insurance or the sale of your property by obtaining the proper approvals. Even if your work was completed 10 or 20 years ago, you would not have any grandfather rights if the improvements were made without the proper approvals.

Protect the investment in your home

Many people make the mistake of building without a permit. It is very important to protect your investment in your home and avoid any future problems with insurance or the sale of your property by obtaining the proper approvals. Even if your work was completed 10 or 20 years ago, you would not have any grandfather rights if the improvements were made without the proper approvals.

Use our expertise

We provide on-site support to assist you with the regulations and requirements of building codes and bylaws that will impact your project. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will measure and document the existing and new developments of your home. We will identify and interpret any foreseeable issues and provide solutions and direction to get the job done right.

What is a Building Permit?

A building permit is one that allows the construction of a building or structure to move forward on the condition that it addresses and is in compliance with the building code of a city, town or county. A building permit is necessary when any construction, relocation, alteration, demolition or repair is taking place on a property. In some instance, some buildings and structures are exempt, such as...

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What is a Development Permit?

A development permit provides permission for a specific type of development to take place on a site. The permit can be for any development such as the construction of a new house or the change of use of a commercial space from a retail use to a restaurant. The review process ensures that the proposed development meets the regulation of the local Land Use Bylaw (Zoning). For example, the developmen...

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How do I get a permit for my project?

There are really two ways to get a permit for your project : (1) DIY and (2) Permit Masters.

Do it yourself (DIY).

Find a little help in our “Permit Pointers”  blog.

  • 1Go to the city website for information on Development and Building Permits.
  • 2Download digital PDF list of requirements.
  • 3Download digital PDF application and forms.
  • 4Review the land use bylaws for the regulations of your site (i.e. setbacks, height...).
  • 5Create a site plan (bird’s-eye view) drawing to scale with all property dimensions. Include north arrow, street address, legal descriptions, property lines, easements, and utility rights-of-way and all other requirements requested by the city.
  • 6Create building plans of proposed construction to scale including plan views and structural cross-sections. Include locations, spans, sizes, grades, and spacing of structure.
  • 7Ensure that the drawings meet all Building Code requirements.
  • 8Wait in line at City Hall.
  • 9Present application.
  • 10Make revisions as required.
  • 11Return to City Hall and reapply.
  • 12Hope everything is in order.
See 8 more steps

Do it yourself (DIY)

It’s an easy 3 step process.

Call us. We will then evaluate what you need and let you know what it will take to get your permit approved

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