Transcript for Permits: Decks Video

If you want to build a deck, you need permits to ensure it is built in the right location and complies with building codes, standards and bylaws.

A deck is an outdoor structure with a total area of more than 3.4 square meters (or 36 square feet).

If a deck is located in a back or side yard and is more than 600 millimeters (2 feet) above ground, it will need both a development and building permit. If the deck is more than 600 mm (2’-0”) above ground level and is level with the main floor entrance, it does not need a development permit, but still needs a building permit.

A development permit establishes land use and approves the location of the structure. What you are building must align with the zoning bylaw and other City requirements.

A building permit confirms a structure meets building codes, standards and bylaws. Building permits must align with prior development permit approvals.

If you plan to build a deck in your front yard, call Permits Direct Line at 204-986-5140 to discuss how to comply with the zoning bylaw, as there are further limitations as to what can be built in your front yard.

If you want to install a hot tub on the deck, you may need a development permit, but will always need building and electrical permits. A development permit is needed if the structure is located next to a stormwater retention basin or is in the Designated Floodway Fringe Area.

If you plan to build a deck below overhead power supply conductors, a clearance of at least 3.5 meters (or 11 feet 6 inches) between the deck and overhead conductors is required.

A deck that includes a structure such as a pergola or gazebo requires overhead conductors to be maintained at least 1 meter (or 3 feet 3 inches) above an angled roof and at least 2.5 meters (or 8 feet 2 inches) above the highest point of a flat roof.

If the deck is being installed below a hydro meter, the meter may need to be moved. Contact Manitoba Hydro with any questions.

Before applying for permits, make sure you’ve filled out the required application forms and have fees, plans and other documents ready. Look at each permit application form for a list of required documents and follow these steps:

  1. Submit a development permit application, where required.
  2. Once your development permit is issued, submit the building permit application.

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Once permits are issued, you can start your project. You will need to arrange mandatory audit inspections throughout the stages of construction. After inspections, permits will be closed, ending the permit process.

When considering any home renovation or building project, make a permit part of your plans.

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