Please note: The information on this webpage still reflects the policies and regulations that were in effect prior to Zoning Bylaw 20001 coming into effect on January 1, 2024.
If you have specific questions regarding how the current zoning regulations apply to your project, please refer to Zoning Bylaw 20001, speak with your Development Planner, or email us at email@example.com
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An uncovered deck is an open, elevated platform or a deck with no roof or walls.
Before You Apply
Do I need a permit?
Deck Permit Considerations
Most decks require a development permit and a building permit combined into a home improvement permit.
However, a development permit is not required when a deck meets all of the following:
Is entirely located within a back or interior side yard
Is 1.2 metres (3 feet 11 inches) or less above the ground at every point
Does not have a roof or walls
A building permit is not required when a deck meets all of the following:
Is 0.6 metres (23 ⅝ inches) or less above the ground at every point
Serves only a single residential unit
Does not have a roof or walls
Does not support heavy loads (for example, gazebo or masonry items)
Are you building a covered deck or pergola attached to the house? A covered deck or pergola attached to the house is considered a home addition. Please see Home Additions for application requirements.
Are you building a freestanding structure on your deck, such as a pergola or trellis? Detached Accessory structures such as gazebos, trellis and pergolas are required to be included in your Home Improvement Permit. Please see Detached Garage and Shed for more information.
Unsure Which Permits You Need?
Use the residential permit guide to help determine which permits you need and an estimate of fees before you apply.
Homeowners may apply for deck permits or have a contractor apply for the permit on their behalf. All permits required can be applied for at the same time, but separate inspections will be required for the work associated with each permit.
The Zoning Bylaw provides the definition for corner lots.
The setback requirements for corner lot sites vary depending on the zones, applicable overlays, and existing lot conditions (such as lot shape and corner cuts). Enter your property’s address at maps.edmonton.ca to learn your property's zone.
If your property is located on a corner lot you can:
Submit an application with your proposed project. Anticipate additional time (2 or more weeks) for your complex application to be processed.
Contact Us to understand the restrictions specific to your property
Check the following ground restrictions for planning your deck location:
Identify utility lines. CLICK-Before-You-Dig or DIAL-Before-You-Dig: 1-(800)-242-3447 for no-cost utility marking
Do not obstruct gas meters, bedroom windows, HVAC vents for dryer, furnace, heat recovery ventilation (HRV). Contact ATCO (780-424-5222) with questions about gas services and meters
Identify restrictive covenants, utility right-of-ways, or easements. Check your construction plot plan, real property report, and mortgage papers. Talk to your home builder or request a Search of Records
Identify overhead utility lines. Maintain a minimum of 3.5 metres (11.5 feet) clearance to electrical wires above the deck's walking surface. Contact EPCOR (780-310-4300) with questions concerning clearance from power lines and power pedestals
Simple Uncovered Decks
Simple uncovered decks are typically considered single-tier decks that are of square or rectangular shape. These decks are located in the rear yards of properties that are located within standard zones that do not have special restrictions such as restrictive covenants or a top-of-bank.
Where they meet all zoning and building code requirements, they do not require any application documents. They can be reviewed faster or issued immediately upon online submission of a complete application and fees.
Deck Design Form
for typical single-level decks and submit it with your home improvement permit paper application form.
Complex Uncovered Decks
Complex uncovered decks are typically higher than 1.8 metres (71 inches), irregularly shaped, or have more than one level. These decks may be located in the front or side yard and are located in non-standard zones such as Direct Control. The property may have a restrictive covenant, be located adjacent to the river or ravine (top-of-bank,) or be designated a historical resource.
Complex decks take longer to review and require application documents, such as a site plan, deck design, or engineered stamped drawings.
Based on the design of your deck, design drawings or engineer-stamped drawings may be required to ensure your proposed deck complies with the building code. Review the
Deck Design Guide
for further design requirements.
Submit an application for the building, development and/or trade permits associated with the project once all plans and supporting documents needed are prepared (see Step 1). Submitting an incomplete application can result in delays.