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Decks, Verandahs, and Porches

Service Description 

A building permit review for a deck, verandah, or porch to an existing house is required. A permit is required for decks that are more than 60 cm (24 inches) above ground.

Service Outcome

Building Permit

General Information

All drawings to be drawn on standardized sized sheets, drawn to scale, fully dimensioned, signed and dated.

If drawings were prepared by a qualified designer (as defined under Div. C, Part 3, Section 3.2 of the Ontario Building Code), drawings must include the designer's name, registration number, qualification identification number, signature, and stamp/statement that the person has reviewed and taken responsibility for the design activities.

Required Documentation

Decks and Verandahs

Plans for decks and verandahs must show the following:

  • Details of footings, including footing size, spacing, depth, height above grade and frost protection details. 
  • Sizes and Locations of all Columns; sizes, locations and spans of all beams.
  • Stair Construction Details, including height and depth of stair treads and headroom above stairs (where applicable).
  • Guard Construction Details, including information about openings and climbability, and the location of the guards with respect to stairways, landings, and edges of the proposed platform.

Site Plan (example of Site Plan below)

  • Survey or site plan showing property lines, lot area, right-of-way or easements (referenced to a current survey) 
  • Location of existing/proposed buildings with overall dimensions and include setback dimensions to property lines and adjacent buildings. 
  • Summary of permitted and proposed zoning provisions to include lot area, building area (GFA), coverage, and grade elevations to confirm height.
  • Indicate dimensioned parking areas, driveways, hard & soft landscape treatments, accessory structures (sheds, decks, detached garages, etc).

Required Forms

Building Permit Application
Site Plan Checklist

  
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