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.

   

9" or less in height (patio)

Regulations

  • Can be built up to both the side and rear property lines

Required Permits

  • No permits are required for patios. 

Covered Patios

Covered patios and decks are considered part of the footprint of your house. For most properties, the total site coverage of all buildings on the lot can range from 40-45 per cent. You can find the maximum site coverage for your zone in The City's Land Use Bylaw 3357/2006 - Part 4 - Residential Districts and Regulations (pdf).

Depending on the type of cover you plan to build over your patio, the following permits will be needed:

  • Open aired roof, such as a pergola, will not require a Development Permit, but will require a Building Permit if it is attached to the house
  • Solid roof, will need both a Development Permit and a Building Permit

Any type of cover on a ground level patio may project one half of the minimum side yard requirement for the zone. Typically, it must be a minimum of 0.75m (2'5") from any property line.

Between 10" and 24" in height

Regulations

Sideyard Setbacks

  • Minimum distance from a side property line can range from 0.35m (1'2") to 0.6m (2') depending on the zoning of your property. Use the 'Land Use Bylaw Districts' theme on the Interactive City Map to find your zone. 
  • A deck on a duplex or townhouse can go up to the shared property line. 

Rearyard Setbacks

  • Minimum distance from a rear property line is 4.5m (14'7")

Required Permits

  • A Development Permit is only required if a variance to the bylaw is requested
    (example to be 4.0m from rear property line, rather than the required 4.5m)

Covered Decks

Covered decks are considered part of the footprint of your house. For most properties, the total site coverage of all buildings on the lot can range from 40-45 percent. You can find the maximum site coverage for your zone in The City's Land Use Bylaw.

Depending on the type of cover you plan to build over your deck, the following permits will be needed:

  • Open aired roof, such as a pergola, will not require a Development Permit, but will require a Building Permit if it is attached to the house
  • Solid roof, will need both a Development Permit and a Building Permit

Any type of cover on a ground level patio may project one half of the minimum side yard requirement for the zone. Typically, it must be a minimum of 0.75m (2'5") from any property line.

24" or more in height

Regulations

Sideyard Setbacks

  • The minimum distance from a side property line can range from 1.25m (4') to 1.5m (5'), depending on the zoning of your property. Use the 'Land Use Bylaw Districts' theme on the Interactive City Map to find your zone. 
  • A deck on a duplex can be built to the shared property line

Rearyard Setbacks

  • The minimum distance from a rear property line is 4.5m (14'7")

Required Permits

  • A Building Permit
  • A Development Permit is only required if a variance to the bylaw is requested
    (example to be 4.0m from rear property line, rather than the required 4.5m)

Covered Decks

Covered decks are considered part of the footprint of your house. For most properties, the total site coverage of all buildings on the lot can range from 40-45 percent. You can find the maximum site coverage for your zone in The City's Land Use Bylaw.

Depending on the type of cover you plan to build over your deck, the following permits will be needed:

  • Open aired roof, such as a pergola, will not require a Development Permit, but will require a Building Permit if it is attached to the house
  • Solid roof, will need both a Development Permit and a Building Permit

Any type of cover on a ground level patio may project one half of the minimum side yard requirement for the zone. Typically, it must be a minimum of 0.75m (2'5") from any property line.

Explanation of Permits

Learn about the different criteria that we review before issuing a Development Permit and a Building Permit.

Development Permit

A Development Permit is required to ensure that the structure you are proposing to build on your property complies with the Land Use Bylaw regulations, particularly regarding the placement. 

Can I build closer to the property line than what the bylaw allows?

You can request a variance to any of the Land Use Bylaw regulations. You will explain why you are asking for the variance, and what makes your site unique that a variance should be considered.

How long does it take to process?

Note: During building season (April 1 - October 31), processing times may take longer, due to the number of applications that are submitted during this time.

In most cases, it will take 5-7 business days for review. As a Development Permit is only required when a variance is requested, there is a 21-day appeal period before the permit can be issued, if approved.

What are the fees?

Please refer to 'Schedule A' of the Development Permit Fee Bylaw to find the fees associated with the Development Permit.

Building Permit

A Building Permit is required to review the safety components of building a deck, ensuring it is constructed in accordance with the National Building Code, Alberta edition, and is safe for you to use.

How long does it take to process?

Note: During building season (April 1 - October 31), processing times may take longer, due to the number of applications that are submitted during this time.

In most cases, it will take 7-10 business days to review and issue. The Building Permit cannot be issued until the Development Permit has been issued, if it applies.

What are the fees?

Please refer to 'Schedule A' of the Safety Codes Permit Bylaw to find the fees associated with a Building Permit for decks.

Permit Application Process

Check out what is included with each step of the process, from preparing your documents to beginning construction.

Who can apply?

A homeowner or licensed contractor can submit permit applications. If you are not the owner of the property, you will need to include a Letter of Authorization (pdf) with the application package.

If you are a contractor requiring a City of Red Deer Business Licence, please visit our Licensing page before submitting your permit application.

Step 1: Prepare your documents

Before submitting your permit applications, you need to prepare all the plan documents and forms that are required for your submission. Review the respective requirements list and forms for each permit.

User Guides

These guides will help you prepare and save your required plan documents to submit during your application process.

Development Permit

Building Permit

Examples

If you are unsure of anything on the application requirement list, we have provided example applications to help you out!

Step 2: Submit your applications

How do I apply?

Development Permits

Development Permits can be submitted via email. Submit a fully completed package, including all spaces filled out on each application form and providing all items on the requirements list from Step 1: Prepare your documents. A complete application package allows us to start your file. Email the package to development@reddeer.ca.

Building Permits

Building Permits can be submitted online using MyPermits. Please ensure you have all the documents and drawings you need for your project by following the requirement list and plan submission standards documents from Step 1: Prepare your documents. You will be required to upload these files to ProjectDox to complete your application. If the application is incomplete, the permit will be returned to you to submit the missing items.

  1. Visit MyPermits and complete a Building Permit application.
  2. You will receive an email to the address you specified as the applicant inviting you to access your project in ProjectDox for your permit application.
  3. Log in to ProjectDox with an existing account or with your temporary password provided in the email.
  4. Upload the plan documents you prepared for your application from the Upload & Submit task on your dashboard.

For assistance, refer to our ProjectDox Applicant Guide (pdf).

link to the MyPermits site
 

Building Permits can also be submitted via email. Submit a fully completed package, including all spaces filled out on the application form and providing all items on the respective requirement list from Step 1: Prepare your documents. Email the package to inspections@reddeer.ca

Step 3: Processing your applications

Once we receive your complete permit applications, the Development Officer and the Building Safety Codes Officer will conduct a review of the permits, ensuring the proposed development complies with the Land Use Bylaw and the Safety Codes Act, respectively.

You will receive email notifications throughout the application process, including:

  • If we need more information;
  • When payment is required;
  • When the permit is issued.

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Step 4: Site inspections

What inspections will I need?

The required inspections will be determined when the Safety Codes Officer reviews your application, and will be listed on the Safety Codes Building Permit when it is approved and issued.

When can I schedule an inspection?

Once your Safety Codes Building Permit has been approved and issued, you will receive an email with instructions of how to schedule an inspection.

How do I know the outcome of my inspection(s)?

You will receive an email notification informing you of the outcome of each inspection.

Questions?