Are You Sure you Can do That??
Before you begin on any major projects in your yard this year, make sure you have an up to date Real Property Report (RPR) and that you obtain the proper development permit. If your improvements do not comply with the City rules or real property lines, it could be quite costly in fees, fines or even lawsuits down the road.
A general rule, all of the following set-back requirements must be met in order to obtain a Certificate of Compliance (m = meters):
1. A shed that is not attached to the house and is less than 10 sq.m. in size can be located anywhere on the property. A shed of any size, small or large - that is attached to the house must be at least 1.2 m from the side property line.
2. A deck less than .6 m in height, can be located anywhere on the property. The City then regards it as a patio. If the deck is .6 meter or greater in height, it must be back at least six m from the rear property line and 1.2 m from the side property lines.
3. A detached rear garage - must be set back at least .6 m from the rear property line. If the garage has a maintenance free exterior such as metal or vinyl siding, stucco, etc., then it can be built right up to the side property line. If it is a maintenance-free exterior, it must be set back at least .6 m from the side property line.
These are general by bylaw rules for City of Calgary. These rules may vary for different land zoning. Always make sure you consult the city before starting your project. Click here for more details.