Deck Contractor information page

We pride ourselves in not only building the best low maintenance Custom Deck Design’s for our clients but by providing a process that is focused on providing you with an exceptional customer service. We want you to be totally thrilled with our service…so absolutely delighted you will recommend us to your friends and neighbors. We look forward to working with you on your next decking project.

Front door Entrance Deck landing

This space is perfect for relaxing when the owners originally moved in, this deck was not here. There were several steps down from the Front door, & the stone slabs were a toe-stubbing minefield. We added the Custom deck than designed it perfectly for entering the House properly there was a huge step up to the front door that was barley manageable. Now there is an easy staircase, hand rail with a comfortable size landing.

What is a deck?

A residential deck is a raised platform or a series of raised platforms attached to or detached to a dwelling intended for use as an outdoor living area.

Are building permits required?

Decks not attached to the house and less than 10 square meters (108 square feet) in area do not require a building permit. Decks larger than 10 square meters (108 square feet) and all decks attached to a dwelling that is more than 0.60 meters (2 feet) above grade require a building permit. However, all decks must comply with the zoning by-law provisions, regardless of size or height.

Where can a deck be located on the property?

Setbacks are determined by different factors i.e. zone, location (front, rear or side yard). Consult the Planning Department for the setbacks required for your deck.

What drawings are required?

Drawings prepared by the homeowner are acceptable for submission as long as they are drawn to scale and accurately describe the construction. You may use a standard deck construction drawing to submit with your permit application or use the information contained to prepare your drawings. If a designer other than the homeowner prepares the design of the deck, they are required to be qualified.

For more information on qualification, visit the Government of Ontario Qualification and Registration page.

The following three drawings are usually required:

  • Site plan: A site plan or survey of your lot showing all lot lines and dimensions, size and location of all existing buildings, the size and location of the proposed deck and location of any septic system. Indicate all setbacks from the proposed deck to the property lines.
  • Floor plan: A floor plan of the proposed deck complete with overall dimensions, center to center spacing of beams and piers. Indicate the size of piers, beams, and joists; as well indicate location of stairs and number of risers.
  • Cross section: A cross section showing the construction materials and assembly criteria are required. It is important to indicate the distance from the grade to the top of the deck.

Before you dig

Are you building a deck or fence, putting in a new garden or planting a tree? Before you dig on or near your property, you need to request to find service lines on your property; it’s a free service. Digging on your property, even with a shovel, can damage underground utility service lines that provide water, cable, hydro and gas.

Request a free locate online or call 1-800-400-2255. For more information about digging on your property, visit the ON1Call website.