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Are you building a deck in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg? Construction in the Municipality is governed by the Nova Scotia Building Code Act and Regulations. The Act and Regulations set out the activities that require a building permit, the requirements that must be met in order to issue a building permit, the inspections that are required for the project and the requirements that must be met in order to issue an occupancy permit. Construction must meet the National Building Code of Canada (2015). All decks require a building permit regardless of how they are attached to the house or the height off the ground. If you are unsure of the requirements for your project please contact our office.

In order to apply for a building a building permit to build a deck the following is required:

  • Our completed application that clearly indicates the property, the use of the proposed structure, the size of the construction and value of construction.
  • A location plan (hand drawn sketch) that clearly shows the road, property lines, any structures that are currently on the property and the proposed location of the deck you wish to build – please indicate the distance from the sides of the deck to all the previous items (property lines, road, other structures)
  • If you are building within 328ft (100m) of any provincial road you require a Working Within the Right of Way permit for the construction of a building within the right of way issued by the provincial Department of Transportation.
  • Structural details for the deck.

*If you have any questions regarding requirements that would apply to your specific project, please contact our Building Permit Department at 902-541-1325 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.