To apply for a deck permit you will usually need to supply (2) copies of scale drawings of the framing plan view (overhead) of your proposed deck. In some cases you may be asked to also provide an elevation drawing (front or side view) to communicate even more information about the deck. Most deck builders use computer drafting software to create the plans, however a hand drawing using ¼” graph paper is also acceptable. Our detailed deck plans that cover all the bases are available for free download in our plans section.
Your plans will need to indicate the locations, spacing, and sizes of your frost footings, beams, and joists for the inspectors to be able to make sure it meets structural code requirements. Your plans will also have to include notes or visual details showing how you are going to install the footings, guard rails, stairs and the ledger board. You will be expected to specify what types and grades of materials you are using for the framing, decking, and rails and what kind of hardware and fasteners you plan to use. If you are using composite materials you will need to verify it is approved to be used in your area.