Build a deck

deck on house

A building permit IS required for the construction of ALL decks, irrespective of size. This includes all decks that are attached to a building such as a house or swimming pool, but also includes detached (free standing) decks that form part of the amenity to the building.

Timber slats laid directly on a surface (such as concrete or soil) are generally not considered a deck because no supportive structure is in place.

There can be some complexity when defining what a deck is and therefore if a building permit is required.

If you are building something that could be considered a deck, you should seek advice from our Building Services Team.

Before beginning this guide, find out what overlays and planning zones affect your property. These overlays and planning zones will impact whether or not you need a building or planning permit, depending on the size and location of your deck. 

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