Is a permit required for above work? Would that vary by city?
Normally in Alberta we require to have a permit if the work you are doing is over 2 feet from final grade, but I would double check with the City of Edmonton rules and regulations and see if this would apply...I am thinking that for replacing the boards, you would not need one, but you may need one for the stairs because you are removing the old ones and replacing them entirely.
I know Ontario building code allows you too change only the deck boards without a permit. unless your deck is less then two feet above grade and not attached to the house, in which case it does not need a permit in the first place. Changing stairs and railings even if recreating existing need too be inspected and up too CURRANT code.
Always better too contact your municipality before your project too insure you have correct permits before you start your project.
I am leery of companies that say "No permit needed". Perhaps the scrutiny of the inspector would reveal deficiencies in the work. (Stairs probably need permit.)
In Ontario, a work permit is needed if the deck height goes above two feet.
There is no work permit needed in Edmonton for repairing the deck. Being on the safer side, you should consult the municipality officers before starting the repairing work.
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