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 in Strathcona County is now easier than ever.

Deck permits are required if the structure will be higher than 2 feet off the ground. If the deck you want to build is in compliance with current building codes and zoning bylaws, only a building permit is required. However, if your deck plan is not in compliance with current zoning bylaws, you will require a development permit in addition to the building permit for your deck. Contact us to find out what you need to get your permit application started.

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

Deck Regulations

Applying for permits online

Step 1 - Apply for your deck permit through ePermits

Step 2 - Submit your supporting documents

Supporting documents include:

  • 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 showing length, width and height of deck and rail. Sample elevation drawing. (156.8 KB)
  • A foundation plan which includes the diameter, depth and spacing of piles; direction, type, size and spacing of floor joists; direction, type and size of beams. Sample foundation plan (98.0 KB) .

Documents can be sent to ePermitsDocs@strathcona.ca 

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 showing length, width and height of deck and rail. Sample elevation drawing. (156.8 KB)
  • A foundation plan which includes the diameter, depth and spacing of piles; direction, type, size and spacing of floor joists; direction, type and size of beams. Sample foundation plan (98.0 KB) .

Printable brochure (987.7 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: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Page ID: 39725