A successfully installed deck not only adds more usable space to a backyard or other outdoor area, but can also increase the value of a home and be a source of pride when homeowners entertain family or friends. But there’s more to successful home improvement than a sense of accomplishment.
It also depends on knowledge and experience, the right construction materials, proper installation, and the correct permits to meet local building ordinances.
At Toronto Decks and Fence Company (TDFC), we’ve been the greater Toronto area number one decks contractor for more than a decade and we cover all facets of the job, including the creation and submission of all required deck permit drawings.
In our experience, we’ve seen many do-it-yourself (DIY) projects derailed because the homeowner neglected to submit the right design drawings and pull the necessary construction permits – only to get dinged with fines as a result of a surprise visit from the municipal building inspector. As a result, Toronto Decks and Fence Company has been hired on numerous occasions to re-do improperly built decks – sometimes going so far as to tear them down and start over so they meet local building codes.
Don’t let your DIY project go south. Instead, call our design professionals and we’ll help make sure you submit the right deck permit drawings.
IMPORTANT: we do not encourage or recommend to take a deck permit when building a deck rather providing the deck permit drawing services. The decision to take a permit is yours. call us for a free consultation and we can help you make the right choices to fit your personal situation
Here’s what you need to know about our deck permit drawings services in the Greater Toronto Area:
- Each municipality has their own requirements for building permits, but as a rule of thumb, any deck more than two feet off the ground or more than 108 square feet in size will require a permit.
- The City of Toronto and surrounding communities have what’s called a Residential FASTRACK service, which is available each day of the week at four locations in the Greater Toronto Area (Toronto City Hall, North York Civic Centre, Etobicoke, and the Scarborough Civic Center.) The intent is that longer hours by office staff will result in a shorter approval time.
Besides deck permit drawings, what other documents are needed?
- The completed deck permit application form.
- The Tree Declaration, which lists the number of private, city owned, and “ravine” trees on the property.
- And one of the following: A fully-dimensioned site plan, no bigger than 11 by 17 inches; or construction drawings of the proposed project, with the same dimensions.
Please Note: As of November 12, 2012, all applications and drawings can also be submitted on a re-writable DVD for faster processing.
Contact Toronto Decks and Fence Company at 416-238-2589 for more details or to schedule an in-house free consultation where we can help you make the right decision regarding your deck design or deck permit application process.