A permit is required to build a deck, that exceeds 23 5/8” (600mm) in height from the ground, or is a covered deck. The deck guide is available to assist residents to view the requirements to apply for a permit. To apply for a permit you can submit the completed permit application and all required information to the Building Department in City Hall

Permit requirements

Below is the information required to submit for a permit. Two (2) copies of all drawings is required to submit for a permit.


The non-refundable Building Permit Application Fee is payable at time of permit application. This and other fees applicable to building permits can be found in ‘Schedule X' of the Rates and Fees By-law.


A building deposit will apply to all permits for a deck. The deposit amount can be found in ‘Schedule X'. The deposit may be returned after the project has passed final inspection, and no damage has occurred to City property.


After a building permit has been issued, inspections must be completed at various stages of construction. The owner is responsible for ensuring the inspections are booked. A minimum of two (2) days noticed is require to book a building inspection. The inspections will ensure the requirements set out in the Ontario Building Code, the Building By-law and other applicable regulations are met. Please refer to your building package for instructions on how your inspections are scheduled. There is a handout that is intended to assist in avoiding common deficiencies found on inspections.