Do I Need A Permit To Build A Deck?

In most cases, 'Yes', you'll need a permit to build a de

But, the details can vary depending on the location and specs needed for your deck. 

Saskatoon, Martensville, Warman, and the RM of Corman Park all require permits when building a deck over 25 square feet (2.25 sq metre) and 24 inches (600mm) above ground. 

Why do you need a permit to build a deck? 

Obtaining a permit ensures your deck construction adheres to the local building codes and regulations. These exist for safety standards, and are designed to ensure your new deck doesn’t pose any danger while in use. 

Permitting ensures the deck is structurally sound, and built with appropriate materials. 

How to Obtain a building Permit?

In order to obtain a permitting, you’ll need to follow the following steps: 

  1. Submit an Application: Your application should include site plans, locations of piles, beams, and columns, and any structural changes to your home. 
  2. Apply for Permit and Pay Fees: Submit all information for your permit and pay associated fees. 
  3. Inspection: An additional inspection may occur once work is complete on your project. 

Building permits can be obtained online or in person at city hall. 

How High Should Deck Railings Be?

  • Deck railings are needed on any deck 2 feet from ground level. 
  • Above 24 inches or 600mm, railings should be 36 inches or 900 mm tall
  • Above 72 inches or 1.8 m, railings should be 42 inches or 1040 mm tall. 
  • Any gap should be 4 inches or 100 mm, or less. Per building code requirements. 
  • Handrails are required on any stairs with more than 3 risers. 

How High Does My Deck Have To Be?

Your deck can be as high as you would like it. This includes second story decks with walkouts. As long as your deck meets all building code requirements, there should be no issue. 

Permitting may seem like a hassle, yet it is a vital part of the building process in Saskatchewan. Building without a permit can lead to fines, legal issues, and even affect the resale value of your home. 

So before building your deck check with your local requirements for what you need. 

We have linked each building requirement for Saskatoon and area below along with project checklists to makes sure everything is done right. 

As well before starting your deck project, SaskPower should be called 1-888-757-6937 to locate any utility lines. 

Feeling overwhelmed by the process? Reach out here for a comprehensive quote and have our expert building team take care of the plans and permits. 

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