Construction of an uncovered deck usually requires a development and building permit.
A deck which has no roof or walls, with a floor height over 0.6 metres (2 feet) from finished grade, will require a permit.
If the construction of the uncovered deck includes installing a hot tub, the hot tub and uncovered deck application are treated as one application (uncovered deck permit) and are processed together at the same time. Fees quoted will cover both the uncovered deck and hot tub.
If the deck has a roof or walls, you are required to follow the regulations for a Home Addition.
When designing an uncovered deck or applying for permits, there are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration:
Setbacks and location of uncovered deck: Setbacks and location of the uncovered deck can be affected by the zoning of the property where the construction is occurring. You can look up your zoning by doing an address search using the Edmonton Maps application.
Corner lots or decks in the front yard: If the deck will be built on a corner lot or in the front yard, you will need to talk to a Development Officer about the regulations, by either calling 311 or visiting our office with a site plan.
Gas lines: Uncovered decks can not cover the gas meter or gas shut off valve.
Guardrails: The requirements for guardrails on uncovered decks depend on the height of the deck:
- On decks 0.6m to 1.8m (2 ft to 6 ft) above grade, guardrails must be at least 900mm (36 inches) tall
- On decks more than 1.8m (6 ft) above grade, guardrails must be at least 1070mm (3 ft 6 inches) tall
All guardrails must be:
- Built with a space between vertical spindles of less than 4 inches (100mm)
- Designed with no horizontal rails, fixed benches or other items that would provide a foothold
- handrail must be smooth and easily graspable
Effective January 1, 2018
Development permit fee: $116
Building permit fee: $108
The safety code fee: $4.50