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Construction of an uncovered deck usually requires a development and building permit.

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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
How Do I Obtain the Service?

Application Procedure

You also need to submit the deck design form:

You also need to submit the abandoned wells form:

Submit forms with application fees and the following information.

One set of drawings including:
  • Site Plan
    • Dimensions of the site (property lines)
    • Setbacks (to deck)
      • Side Setbacks (Both sides)
      • Rear yard Setback (shortest distance perpendicular to rear property line)
    • Location and dimensions of proposed and existing buildings/structures
    • Outline and dimensions of the dwelling, cantilevers, decks and other projections
    • Location of existing and proposed accesses to the site
    • Adjacent City streets, lanes, and lots
    • Right-of-way setbacks, easements and utility rights-of-way, if any Example Site Plan (not to scale):

Example Site Plan (not to scale):


A Development Officer reviews the application using the Zoning Bylaw regulations. Once your development permit is approved, the plans are then examined by a Safety Codes Officer using the Alberta Building Code.

If your development application is refused, you can appeal the Development Officer’s decision to:

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board
10019 103 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0G9
Telephone: 780-496-6079


After your application has been reviewed and the appropriate permits(s) issued, applicants are required to contact the City of Edmonton Call Centre at 311 and arrange for inspections. All inspections must be passed.

To prepare for the required inspections in occupied homes, please ensure:

  • an individual 18 years of age or older who is responsible for the property is present during the inspection
  • clear and unobstructed access to all areas of inspection is provided
  • all pets are securely contained

Please note: the Safety Codes Officers are required to wear shoes while performing their duties in your home.

In Person

City of Edmonton
2nd Floor, Edmonton Tower, 10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton AB T5J 0J4

Hours of Operation: 8am-4:30pm
Monday through Friday


Mailing address is listed above. Cheques must be payable to the City of Edmonton. Please allow for additional processing time when applications are mailed.

By Phone 311 for 24-hour information and access to City of Edmonton programs and services. Or, if outside of Edmonton, 780-442-5311.

2018 Fees

Effective January 1, 2018

Development permit fee: $116

Building permit fee: $108

The safety code fee: $4.50

Contact the City About This Service

Edmonton Service Centre

2nd Floor, 10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 0J4

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday
8am to 4:30pm

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In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

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