City Workshop Offers Help to Plan Construction of a Pool Fence or Deck

Published on: 2021/04/26 - in News

Residents planning on constructing a pool fence or deck this year are invited to get help from the City of Kingston’s Building Department at an upcoming workshop.

“These workshops will go over how to apply for a permit, design considerations and what building inspectors are looking for to ensure life safety,” said Lisa Capener-Hunt, Director, Building & Enforcement and Chief Building Official. “We are offering two separate sessions: one for decks and one for pool fences. Both sessions will be online through Zoom.”

Information on deck and pool fence construction, as well as the online permit application process, will be available by attending the following sessions:

  • Deck information session: Wednesday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. Register online through Zoom.
  • Pool fence information session: Wednesday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. Register online through Zoom.

A building permit is required for decks that are going to be two feet above ground or higher, or a pool fence enclosure where the pool can hold more than two feet of water. Building Permits can be applied for by using the City’s online DASH – development and services hub – portal at The workshop will offer tips on how to use DASH to apply, what design considerations you should take into account, and the applicable zoning and fees for constructing a deck or pool fence enclosure in Kingston.

A 30-minute presentation will kick off each session, followed by consultations in smaller groups where residents can walk through their designs with City staff. Individuals with designs they’d like to have reviewed are asked to prepare a digital version in advance of the session.

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