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Building a Deck

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 At-a-glance

 

Is a ...

Required?

Permit

Yes, see footnote 1 for exception

Contractor

No, see footnote 2

Zoning Check and Site Plan

Yes

Inspection

Yes, see footnote 1 for exception

Construction Plan Review

Yes, see footnote 1 for exception

1 EXCEPTION - Detached decks and platforms that are not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade that do not provide access into the dwelling do not require a building permit but do require zoning review and approval.

2 Homeowners can perform work on their own properties without hiring a contractor. If a contractor is hired, the contractor must have a state contractor’s license.

Before You Start

Look at these pages:

New: Decks and Building Permits 1 & 2 Family Dwellings

Minimum Standards for Dwellings (pdf)

Interior Remodeling or Alterations

Exterior Remodeling or Alterations

Finding a licensed contractor

Hiring a Residential Contractor – what do I need to know? (pdf)

Site Plan

Zoning Approval

Property Line Information

Property Line Location (pdf)

About Decks

Wood Deck Guidelines and Examples– One- and Two-Family Dwellings (pdf)

Residential Connection Details (pdf)

About Permits

Applying for a Permit

Permits Overview

Timeline for Completion

About the Inspections Process

Site Plan

Inspections Process

Handouts for Decks and Porches

Wood Decks – One- and Two-Family Dwellings

Last updated Oct 11, 2018

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