Building an uncovered deck

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Building an uncovered deck

Note: This page refers to construction of an uncovered deck. For information on building a covered deck, please click here.

Building a deck in Strathcona County is now easier than ever.

Deck permits are required if the structure will be higher than 2 ft. 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. You can now apply for this permit online at your convenience. Online applications can be approved within a few days once all necessary information is provided.  

Deck Permit Requirements

Applying for permits online

Log on to the system here. Once you’ve registered your account, follow the prompts to apply for your permit.  

What do I need?  

To start your application, all you need is a digital copy of your site plan and construction plan. The construction plans can be hand drawn or you can use the template provided below.

  Sample elevation drawing (156.8 KB)

  Sample foundation plan (98.0 KB)

When will I get my permit?  

If you apply online, it only takes a few days to approve your permit once all necessary information (site and construction plans) are received.  

Is there a variance?  

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.  

Applying for permits in person

What do I need?  

  • 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 property 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 (331.6 KB)

More information

Planning and Development Services
Phone: 780-464-8080
Fax: 780-464-8142

Last updated: Friday, March 23, 2018
Page ID: 39725