Building a Deck

Deck Building Regulations
What You Need to Know

The Town of Okotoks regulates decks on residential properties. A building permit is not required if the deck surface is 0.61 metres or less above finished grade.  However, your deck must meet the setback requirements outlined in the Land Use Bylaw.  If your deck surface is higher than 0.61 metres above finished grade, you will need to obtain a building permit. Construction within overland drainage and utility rights-of-way are not permitted. Please check your Real Property Report for details of any rights-of-way that may be registered on your property.  For more detailed information, please refer to the Unenclosed Deck Guidelines.

A sunroom enclosure or a covered deck is considered an addition to existing dwellings and are subject to Land Use Bylaw requirements. In some instances, a development permit may be required through Planning Services before a building permit can be issued.  Please submit an inquiry using the online form below for more information.


Steps for Building a Deck
Step One: Application

To receive a timely decision on your application, please ensure that your application is clear, legible and accurate. In your application, you need to include the following:

  1. Complete the printable Exterior Accessory Application Form and the Credit Card Authorization Form
  2. Fees - $104.50 (GST exempt) includes the following:
    • Building permit fee - $100.00
    • Safety Codes Council - $4.50
  3. A Site Plan in metric showing deck dimensions, height and setbacks from property lines and buildings (i.e. Real Property Report)

A building inspection will be required once the deck with railings is completed.  Approved building permits will be emailed out to the Applicant.  Please note the telephone numbers on your permit to schedule inspections.

Step Two: Request an Inspection

Click the button below to learn more about booking your permit inspection.

REQUEST An Inspection