Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do I need to apply for a permit?
  1. Completed permit application form
  2. 3 copies of the complete plans, showing all structural components.
  3. 3 copies of a site plan showing the proposed location of the project in relation to any other buildings on the property, the property lines, and water courses.
  4. All applicable fees and deposits.


  • How much will my permit cost?
  1. The permit fee to construct a deck is based on $5.50 per $1000.00 of the estimated value of your project with a minimum fee of $25.00 and a Development Permit fee of $25.00. Depending on the complexity of your project, additional fees may be required. Please consult our fees schedule at
  2. Do I need to call for inspections? Yes, once the permit is issued, you are required to call for the following inspections:  Footing and Final
  3. How long will it take to get a permit? Once we have received your application, every effort is made to issue your permit within 5 business days. You may call any time to inquire about the status of your application.
  4. Please remember to have your application number when making inquiries or submitting additional information.
  5. Do I need footings for my deck? Yes, you require footings for a deck if it is attached to your house.
  6. You also require footings for a deck if it is detached and more than 2’ above grade.
  7. Where do I go to make an application? The following Municipal Customer Service Centres accept applications. They are located at: • 7071 Bayers Road, Suite 2005 (Bayers Road Centre) in Halifax, 902 .490.5650, or • 40 Alderney Drive (Alderney Gate) in Dartmouth, 902.490.4435

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