Residential Deck Requirements

The following are required for submitting a deck permit:

  1. Review the Deck Submittal Requirements Checklist and Residential Deck Detail.
  2. Building Permit Application. If contractors are being used they shall be listed on your application at the time of submittal (Home Owner Agreement Form).
  3. Construction documents.  One set of scaled (¼” = 1’) construction plans on white paper in blue or black ink. Plans shall include:
    • Site plan showing dimensions to property lines and other structures.
    • Location of existing egress windows and window wells under the deck.
    • Structural framing plans shall include all dimensions, species and size of lumber, size and spacing of caisson footings, posts, beams, joists, and a ledger attachment detail.
    • Stair and railing details when applicable.
    • Size and type of decking material.  When synthetic decking or railing is specified, the manufacturer’s specifications shall be provided.
    • Elevation drawings showing complete construction including all exterior elevations. Required guards shall not have openings from the walking surface to the required guard height which allow passage of a sphere 4 inches in diameter.
    • If a hot tub will be incorporated into or on top of the deck, show location on framing plan.  Additional structural requirements may apply.
  4. Letter from Architectural Control Committee (ACC) (where applicable).  If this letter is not included with your submittal, your permit will be placed “on hold” for 10 working days to allow the Architectural Control Committee to complete their review process.

Deck_Measuringtheheight_000_001Measuring to Grade – Is your deck project less than 30” inches above grade?

How to measure the height of the deck –

Elevation shall be measured to an imaginary point three (3) feet out horizontally from the edge of the deck. If any point within this cross-hatched area measures greater than 30″, then the deck shall be considered over 30″ above grade.

If your deck project is LESS than 30” inches above grade, as determined in accordance with this diagram, there will be NO PERMIT FEES or PLAN REVIEW FEES. Due to statutory requirements, Use Tax must be collected.

Still have questions?  Review Deck Frequently Asked Questions.