Decks & Porches
This checklist and sample drawings have been provided to assist in summarizing the typical requirements to obtain a building permit for a residential deck in the Town of Collingwood. Additional information may be required as needed depending on the application type and individual circumstances.
We strongly recommended that you work with a design professional such as an architect, professional engineer or a Building Code qualified designer to create complete and accurate drawings that comply with the Building Code and Collingwood Zoning By-law. These drawings will need to be submitted along with your permit application.
All drawings for non-residential and multi-residential properties such as apartments and condos must be signed, sealed and dated by an architect, professional engineer and/or qualified designer.
Drawings that are prepared by a qualified designer (as defined in the Ontario Building Code) must include:
- The qualified designer’s name
- The qualified designer’s registration number
- The qualification identification number of the qualified designer (Building Code Identification Number: BCIN)
- The qualified designer's signature
- The stamp or statement that the qualified designer has reviewed and taken responsibility for the design activities
- A detailed Site Plan showing the location of the proposed deck, setback from property lines and the height above ground.
- If your house is served by a private septic system, show all distances from the proposed deck.
- Detailed construction drawings, deck layout, elevations, cross sections and guard details.
- Manufactured guards and or guards with glass components will require the specifications to be stamped by a professional engineer licensed in Ontario.
The Residential Deck Construction Guide may be used in place of submitting drawings with a permit application, provided:
The proposed deck is for residential use only and is unenclosed with no roof;
No hot tubs, pergolas, gazebos, trellis or other roof structures are supported by the deck; and
The deck construction including guards and handrails are standard wood construction.
Building Permit Fee: $147.16 flat fee
The Ontario Building Code turnaround timeframes for the first review of a complete application:
Complete Applications 10 Business Days
Incomplete Applications >15 Business Days
Factors Delaying Permit Processing Time
- Zoning review is completed by the Planning Services Division which is a required Applicable Law. This generally adds an additional 3-5 business days to permit processing time.
- Additional review may be necessary if revisions are requested by your Building Inspector due to incomplete, non-compliant, or unclear drawings.
- Incomplete drawings typically cause the majority of all delays in receiving your building permit. When planning your project, you should consider allocating additional time that may be required for yourself or your designer to revise drawings, and the Building Inspector to review your revised drawings for compliance. This could add several weeks or more depending on availability and complexity.
Sentence 220.127.116.11.(1) of Division C of the Ontario Building Code (the Code) requires that where an application for a permit meets the requirements of a complete application as set out in Sentence 18.104.22.168.(5) of Division C, a decision to issue or refuse (with written reasons) such permit shall be made within times prescribed by the Code. The Code further provides that where the Chief Building Official determines that an application is not complete, the Chief Building Official is not required to make a decision within the times prescribed by the Code.
- Submit the complete permit application and all supporting documents using the Public Portal.
- You must register prior to using the Public Portal
- Follow the steps when completing your application.
- Credit card payment will be required to pay your fees
- When your application is successfully submitted through the Public Portal, Staff will complete a pre-screen of your application to review for completeness, compliance with the Building Code and Applicable Law. A status update will be sent via email within mandated timelines.
- You may also view the status under "My Items" on the Public Portal
- Application review comments are provided during review to identify any outstanding requirements and to summarize permit fees.
- Permit issued when review is complete and all fees are paid.
Some of the most common inspection deficiencies include:
- Notching of guard posts
- Use of improper, split or undersized pickets in guards
- Improper splicing of built up beams
- Cut ends of pressure treated lumber have not been treated with preservative
- Use of unauthorized materials or systems
- Site changes made to the deck design without authorization from Building Services Division
- Improper stair construction
- SB-7 Guard requirements not being followed
- Improper fasteners or hangers being used
- Beam or joist cantilevers in excess of maximums permitted in the Ontario Building Code
- Footing depth insufficient
- Foundation system installed does not match the reviewed permit drawings (ie: footing size changed)
Please DO NOT include any personal information on your Building Plans (e.g., the homeowner’s name or phone number). Building Plans submitted for Permit are subject to disclosure in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).