Constructing Decks and Porches

Constructing Porches, Verandahs and Decks

The information supplied here is of a general nature, some properties have restrictions that are unique to that site, if you have any questions, please call for specific information.

Verandahs, porches and decks are all considered as additions to the dwelling. As such they must comply with the required setbacks for the main building for setbacks from front yards (roads & streets), required sideyard and rear yard setbacks for the main building.

Complete the application and submit along with a plot plan showing the proposed location and a structural drawing. Insert the specifications you are planning on, or submit with your own sketches showing at minimum the spans, size and type of materials to be used in the construction of the addition.

Please note that the foundation of the proposed structure must be equal to the foundation of the building it is being attached to. If the deck is proposed to be supported by dek bloks, then it cannot be attached to the home. A porch or verandah would require a foundation to equal depth of the main building.


  • Deck floor less than 24" above grade - no guards required
  • Deck floor 24" to 4' 11" above grade - 35" guard required
  • Deck floor 5' or more above grade - 42" guard with no opening greater than 4" required