A covered deck is an open, elevated porch extending from a building with a roof or other covering which provides shade.
first step of any project is obtaining Development approval. Approval is obtained when a Development Officer reviews the submitted site plan and building drawings and determines that they meet the minimum requirements outlined in
Land Use Bylaw 5700.
Minimum setback requirements are the same for the covered deck and the dwelling, measured from the property line to the closest portion of the deck:
o Front – 6.00m (20’0”)
o Side – 1.2m (4’0”)
o Rear – 7.6m (25’0”)
- For further information please contact
Development Services at
403-320-3920 or by email at
Permits & Inspection
Covered structures are required to carry their own weight, as well as snow load and prevent against wind uplift. Acceptable foundations would include:
o Pier/post on pad footing, min. 1200mm (48”) below grade
o Strip footings
o Engineered cast in place concrete piles (friction piles)
o Engineered screw piles
Joists, Beams & Decking
- Deck joists, rim boards and beams must be designed in accordance with span tables from either the Alberta Building Code or the Canadian Wood Council Span Book.
- Decking materials should be chosen in accordance with good building practice, and composite materials must be approved by the Canadian Construction Materials Center (CCMC).
- Decks must be constructed to maintain access to gas & electric meters (if applicable).
Hand & Guard Rails
- 900mm (36”) guardrails may be used on a deck with a walking surface of up to 1800mm (5’-11”) in height from grade.
- 1070mm (42”) guardrails are required on decks with surface heights exceeding 1800mm (5’-11”) from grade.
- Handrails are required when steps exceed more than 3 risers, regardless of height, and on both sides of the stairwell if the width is greater than 1100mm (43 ½”).
- Completed application form
- 1 set of construction drawings containing:
o Site Plan: showing location of gas/electrical meters (if applicable)
o Elevation drawings
o Top plan view
o Cross Section