Electric power lines, natural gas pipelines, communications lines, and other utility services could be within a few feet of the surface. For homeowners, excavating in your yard poses some risk. Digging into an underground electric line can cause power outages and personal injury from shock or electrocution.
A damaged gas pipeline or service to a house can create an explosion hazard that potentially endangers both persons and property. These underground facilities are not always located out in the street. So whether you are grading, installing sprinklers, or planting a tree, Demex Decks insists you to make the call.
Homeowners and their contractors are required by law to know the location of buried natural gas pipes before breaking ground. So we encourage you to call and get all clearance forms about underground utilities as well as cable, telephone line, hydro and gas.
Before beginning construction, demolition, addition or renovation on properties, the homeowner has to obtain a formal permission (Permit) to begin the construction. Toronto Building staff reviews project plans to ensure they comply with the Ontario Building Code, Local Zoning Bylaws, and other Applicable Laws.
Ontario One Call : 1-800-400-2255 (For location of underground utilities on your property)
Operating Centre : 905-884-8013 (For location of watermain, storm and sanitary sewer)
Ontario One Call will take information about your planned digging and communicate it to Enbridge Gas Distribution and other to members who have buried pipes or facilities in your area. Member utilities will then contact you and, if necessary, arrange to send a locator to identify and mark the location of their buried facilities.
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Most deck projects require a permit from the city. Requirements for obtaining a permit slightly vary by the municipality.
Generally, if your deck is over 2 feet in elevation and/or is over 108 sq. ft. in size, it will require a building permit. Regardless of whether you are building a deck yourself or are getting it done by a contractor, in most cases, you will have to obtain a deck construction permit. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to obtain a building permit.
If you choose not to obtain one, all liability (which may include fines, reconstruction or complete removal) for the project lies with you. Getting a permit involves the preparation of a detailed set of drawings, city fees ($100), and inspections by a qualified city inspector at three stages of deck construction.
Demex Decks provides drafting services so you can let us know either you already have a draft or would like to get one
Demex Decks has many years of experience in residential construction, so everything you see on the site is certainly within our scope! Much of our work is custom tailored to the individual needs of our clients, so if there is anything you have in mind that you didn’t see on our site, ask us about it! We’ll be happy to discuss your vision with you.