Decks

If your deck is 24 inches or more above the ground, you will need to apply for a building permit. If your deck will be covered/enclosed, you will also need to apply for a development permit.

   

Development Permit
If your deck will be covered/enclosed, you will need a development permit.

Who can apply?

An owner, contractor or anyone authorized to do so on behalf of the owner of the property can apply. If you are not the owner of the property, you will need a Letter of Authorization (pdf).  

How do I apply?

Fill out and submit your Development Permit - Small Residential (pdf) and the required documents (listed on page 2 of the development application) by visiting Inspections & Licensing on the third floor of City Hall (4914 - 48 Avenue) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Required Forms

Building Permits
If your deck is 24 inches or more above the ground or covered/enclosed, you will need a building permit.

Who can apply?

An owner, contractor or anyone authorized to do so on behalf of the owner of the property can apply. If you are not the owner of the property you will need to submit a Letter of Authorization (pdf)

How do I apply?

You can apply for your permit by filling out a paper application and submitting your application along with Deck Application Requirement List (pdf) and Deck Detail Sheet (pdf) in person by visiting Inspections & Licensing on the third floor of City Hall (4914 - 48 Avenue) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You will then receive an email requesting you to log in to your MyCity account to pay for the application.

 

Required Forms

What else should I know?

  • Your deck must be built to the minimum side yard requirement of the property zoning. Example: an R1 zoning may be as close as 1.5 metres (5 feet) from the side property line or a R1N may be 1.25 metres (4 feet) from the side property line. You can find out your property’s zoning by using The City of Deer’s Interactive Map.
  • An uncovered or covered deck may be built a minimum of 4.5 metres (14 feet 9 inches) from the rear property line. Enclosed decks (i.e. sunroom or screened) must be a minimum of 7.5 metres from the rear property line.
  • For a covered or enclosed deck, you must provide foundation details and how the roof or cover will be attached to the house.
  • A deck on a semi-detached residence (duplex) may be built on the common side property line. A solid, fire rated privacy wall between 2 - 3 metres (6 feet 6 inches - 9 feet 9 inches) in height, extending the full depth of the deck is required.

What inspections will I need?

The inspections required are specific to each project. A list of required inspections will be printed on your building permit. Any deficiencies identified during the inspection will need to be corrected. Re-inspections or a verification of compliance (written completion notification) may be required. Re-inspection fees or other penalties may apply. 

How do I schedule an inspection?

For more information, call Inspections & Licensing at 403-342-8190 or visit us on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.