Building an uncovered deck

Note: This page refers to construction of an uncovered deck. Looking for information on building a covered deck?

Building a deck

Building permits (104.0 KB) are required when constructing a new or when replacing an existing deck, when the deck floor is higher than two feet above grade. 

A development permit (91.4 KB) is required when the proposed deck is not in compliance with the current zoning bylaws. Contact us to find out the zoning bylaws for your neighbourhood or for the application requirements. 

You may apply for this permit either online or in person.

Please check the below page for our general deck regulations.
Deck Regulations

Applying for permits online

Step 1 - Apply for your deck permit through ePermits

Step 2 - Submit the following supporting documents. Documents can be sent to ePermitsDocs@strathcona.ca:

  • A site plan showing:
    • proposed location of the deck
    • distances to the property lines from the proposed deck
    • existing structures on the property
    • dimensions of the propery and proposed deck
    • easements and utility rights-of-way
  • An elevation drawing (257.8 KB) showing length, width and height of deck and rail.
  • A foundation plan (203.0 KB) which includes the diameter, depth and spacing of piles; direction, type, size and spacing of floor joists; direction, type and size of beams.

Applying for permits in person

Submit the following:

  • A completed building permit application form
  • A site plan showing:
    • proposed location of the deck
    • distances to the property lines from the proposed deck
    • existing structures on the property
    • dimensions of the propery and proposed deck
    • easements and utility rights-of-way
  • An elevation drawing (257.8 KB)  showing length, width and height of deck and rail.
  • A foundation plan (203.0 KB) which includes the diameter, depth and spacing of piles; direction, type, size and spacing of floor joists; direction, type and size of beams.

Printable brochure - uncovered decks (712.4 KB)

Deck fees 

Please see "Decks" in the current development and building fee schedules.

Note: The Safety Code Council fee also applies to deck permits. Please see the current building fee schedule. 

More information

Planning and Development Services
Phone: 780-464-8080
Fax: 780-464-8142
Email: planninganddevelopment@strathcona.ca

Last updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Page ID: 39725