A residential deck is a raised platform or a series of raised platforms attached to or detached to a dwelling intended for use as an outdoor living area.
Decks not attached to the house and less than 10 square metres (108 square feet) in area do not require a building permit. Decks larger than 10 square metres (108 square feet) and all decks attached to a dwelling that is more than 0.60 metres (2 feet) above grade require a building permit. However, all decks must comply with the zoning by-law provisions, regardless of size or height.
Setbacks are determined by different factors i.e. zone, location (front, rear or side yard). Consult the Planning Department for the setbacks required for your deck.
Drawings prepared by the homeowner are acceptable for submission as long as they are drawn to scale and accurately describe the construction. You may use a standard deck construction drawing to submit with your permit application or use the information contained to prepare your drawings. If a designer other than the homeowner prepares the design of the deck, they are required to be qualified.
For more information on qualification, visit the Government of Ontario Qualification and Registration page.
The following three drawings are usually required:
When you are ready to apply, bring two copies of your plans to:
Municipal Administrative Centre (3rd Floor)
40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville
You will need to fill out the building permit application and pay the fee. We will review your submission to ensure compliance with the Ontario Building Code, the Ontario Building Code Act, the zoning by-law and all applicable laws. We will issue your building permit promptly if the proposed construction meets all the requirements.
The cost of the building permit is $118 per deck.
The following three inspections are required:
To arrange for an inspection, please call 905-623-7876. Call before 3 p.m. for next day inspection.
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