Christchurch District Plan
The planning rules for decks vary depending on the zoning of the property and the height of the deck:
- If the deck is attached to the dwelling in a Residential Suburban, Residential Suburban Density Transition, Residential Hills or Residential Large Lot zone, and is at ground floor level or below, it can be constructed right up to the internal property boundary as long as any parts within 1m of the boundary are 300mm or less in height.
- If the site is within the Residential Banks Peninsula zone the deck must be set back either 2m or 1.5m from the internal boundary, depending which boundary is involved.
- In the Residential Small Settlement zone the deck must be set back 3m, or 2m if your property is in the Spencerville and Kainga overlay areas.
- If the deck is at first floor level or above, it must be set back at least 4m from internal boundaries in most Residential zones.
- In all zones, a larger front yard setback is required which varies depending on the zone.
- If one of your boundaries is along a stream or waterway you will need to check the waterway setback rules. The setback distance varies depending on the type of waterway. A resource consent is required to build a deck or other similar structure within the waterway setback.
- The deck must comply with site coverage (if higher than 800mm or covered/roofed), height and recession plane requirements applicable to the zone.
For more information about the specific rules for your property please contact our Duty Planner.
Decks require a building consent where it is possible to fall more than 1.5 metres so we recommend checking this before you start any building work.
Whether a building consent is required or not, a safety barrier is required where the fall is 1 metre or more.