Deck Building without permit!?

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Posted by: from Brantford
7/23/2019 at 5:34:37 PM

Hey there just wondering if you or someone you know has been fined or given a penalty for building without a permit? Mainly decks as I'm wondering what the fine is for building a deck 3 ft off the ground at around 200sqft the whole process of permits is a waste of time and money imo so just curious the fines

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Date/Time7/24/2019 at 8:54:17 AM

Good Morning,

Answer to your question. Most municipalities would send an inspector to see the deck, railing & stairs.

What I have seen is inspectors given notice in writing to have deck removed within given time. They will visit site to see if done. If not done there next step is taking you to court. Judge decides penalty which can be expensive

Hope this helps you. Disadvantage to you is if you try to sell your home and buyer wants to get confirmation for deck permit with city you can lose an offer most buyers now check due to liability and insurance.

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Date/Time7/24/2019 at 9:43:16 AM

Hello... Fines of building the deck or shed or anything over 100 square feet (10X10)is not the issue here.

The issue here comes when you go to sell & need a new Real Property Report to show the deck. If no permit was made you will have issues with the city Bylaws & they 'may' make you tear it down.

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Date/Time7/24/2019 at 10:36:23 AM

Hi There,

I would call the city and bring all the questions about fine and permit to them, depending On the AREA you live, you will get deferent answers.


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Date/Time7/24/2019 at 11:34:14 AM

Hi Jason. If it's under a hundred square feet and you do not attach it to the house then I believe you might not need a building permit. However it's always best to get a building permit for many different reasons! Always better to be safe than sorry and it does not cost much. I recommend you call your local city to get information from them.

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Jason in Brantford
Date/Time7/24/2019 at 11:56:02 AM

If the deck is build all up to code will they not just inspect it and give you a small fine instead of making you tear it down

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Mark from CMJ Renovations in Oakville
Date/Time7/24/2019 at 8:19:02 PM

Bottom line get a permit, have home depot give you a drawing, tell the customer to sign the building permit form and submit it, never mind about the fin, when the deck falls with 20 people on it a fine will be the least of your worries, pay the $150.00 the customer is paying anyway.

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Date/Time7/25/2019 at 12:13:16 AM

Anything over 24 requires a permit there are no fines the city could make you rip it out or pay a penalty when the house is sold because it's none compliant

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Date/Time7/25/2019 at 2:29:40 AM

In Alberta there is no kind of schedule of various scenarios and their fines. Depending on circumstances each situation is dealt with on a case by case basis.

Also interesting to note is the OWNER is the only one described as being responsible for Code compliance (except when talking about building materials).

Normally the consequence for performing work without a permit is to double the permit fee, which occurs when a real property report is conducted for the purposes of a real estate sale and these issues have to be addressed; the alternative is to remove the non-permitted work (likely with no penalty).

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Jason in Brantford
Date/Time7/25/2019 at 7:00:04 AM

If building a deck for a customer are they not going to be held liable for the consequences

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Mark from CMJ Renovations in Oakville
Date/Time7/25/2019 at 9:10:56 AM

How is the customer the only one liable, they paid you to do a job, you are the expert, thats why they paid you. If I have the brakes on my car done and they fail a week later who is liable.

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Canridge Roofing & Construction Group in Regina
Date/Time7/25/2019 at 11:49:10 AM

We have never been fined or had a penalty towards us for building without a permit, so not sure what the penalty would be for that.

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