Most people don’t know they need a permit to build their deck project or how to acquire it. Almost every modern deck project will require a permit, especially if it is two feet off the ground or has more than one level. We’ve compiled a list of what you need to know about getting a permit in Winnipeg.
When do you need a permit?
A common question we get asked is – how do I know if I need a permit?
If you are not familiar with the permit process, it can be overwhelming to figure out if your deck requires a permit or not. We’ve written down the six typical backyard projects that require a permit from your municipality.
- The deck has a total surface area of over 3.4m2 (36 square feet) in size
- The deck surface is higher than 600mm (2 feet)
- All sunrooms and enclosed areas
- Hot tubs and pools – please note that hot tubs require both an electrical and building permit
- Enclosing an existing deck and pool
- Solid fuel-burning appliances – such as a wood stove and fireplace
What deck requirements must you follow?
A few requirements must be met when building a deck, no matter the size of the project. The first is that the deck must be 25 feet from the back property line.
Secondly, overhead power supply conductors need to be a minimum of 3.5 meters (11 ft 6 in) between the deck and overhead lines. Hydrometers on the house must maintain a certain height above the deck and may need to be relocated to follow the guidelines set by Manitoba Hydro.*
*For more information concerning your hydrometer placement, please contact them directly.
Information Needed for Winnipeg Permit Applications
Here is a list of the paperwork and information required when applying for a permit in Manitoba:
- Two copies of a site plan that includes street names and lot dimensions
- Location of all buildings/structures on the property
- Dimensions of the proposed structure (length, width, height, or depth)
- Dimensions of the proposed structure in relation to property lines and other existing structures (if applicable)
- Two (2) copies of the construction and elevation plans detailing how the deck will be constructed
- A completed copy of the “Check List for Wood Decks” is found at the back of this brochure
- The information on the checklist must match your permit drawings
Winnipeg Permit Application Process
There are many factors involved in determining when you will receive your permit. Timing is a significant factor when applying for a permit. If it is during the warmer months of summer and spring, the application can take anywhere from 6-8 weeks. However, applying for the permit during the off-season and colder months can come as quickly as 1 to 2 weeks.
Full Disclosure: we will complete the entire permit process, including design approval from an engineer, permit application, and the final inspection when hired for a project! We strive to provide a quick and seamless experience from the start of the design to the final nail in the deck.