Building a deck involves creative elements that allow you to design according to your needs and preferences. While this can be exciting, the logistical aspects of the project should also be considered, such as calculating how much you need to spend and where it can be built on your property. This also includes pulling the proper permits to ensure your deck build is up to code.
Understanding Deck Permits and Building Codes
In most cases, a permit is required if you’re building a deck. It is also required when replacing or extending an existing deck. In some areas, however, if your deck build is less than 12 inches above grade (or above the ground), securing a permit may no longer be necessary. This is because it can be considered as a patio instead of a deck. If you’re building a patio rather than a deck, you should still ask a local home inspector or your local zoning office if a building permit is needed just to be sure.
Applying for a Deck Permit
When pulling a permit for your deck build, you usually have to submit a completed application form, two copies of your construction plans, site plans, a copy of your contractor’s license, and payment for the permit fee. The plans usually pass through a local zoning-code department office. They’ll review them to check if it doesn’t encroach with any setbacks or easements. If this gets approved, it will then be passed to an examiner to check if your plans meet the local building codes and safety requirements.
When your deck permit gets approved, then the rest of your project can be completed with no issues. But sometimes, they can also get denied for several reasons. One of the most common is the lack of detail in some parts of your deck build. For instance, you might fail to show the kind of hardware you’ll use for deck railing posts, or the foundation and beams may be undersized or insufficient to hold the overall deck load.
Since deck build permits can be complicated, you should leave it to trusted professionals such as ExteriorPros. Expect our team to conduct a detailed inspection and plan everything to meet your needs. Call us today at (301) 632-5111, or fill out our convenient online request form to get started with your deck construction project.