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Why You Need To Get A Deck Permit

Many homeowners are surprised when they are told they need to get a permit in order to build a deck...


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Submitting Deck Plans For Permits

You will usually need to supply two copies of scale drawings of the plan view (overhead) of your proposed deck...

Can you build a deck over a septic tank?

It is usually not a good idea to build a deck near or on top of a septic tank.

The IRC Requirements

In order to obtain a building permit your plans must be reviewed to be in compliance with the IRC...

Site Plan

The Zoning Department will need to review a site plan to make sure that the location you are planning on installing the deck doesn’t encroach with any setbacks or easements...

Footing, Frame and Final Inspections

Once you obtain your permit you will be able to schedule your required inspections throughout your project...

Applying for a deck permit

The process of applying for a deck permit is relatively painless although it does require a little planning...


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Easements

Some properties have drainage, utility, or environmental easements that will limit what and where you can build a deck...

Home Owners Association Permission

Some housing developments are a part of a Home Owners Associations (HOA) that requires you to receive permission from them before building a deck...

Plan Review Fees

The fees you pay to obtain your deck permits are used to pay for the inspector’s time to review the plans and make inspections throughout the project...

The Inspector's Notes

When you pick up your deck permit you will usually find that the inspector has made some notes and added some stamps to your plans...

How many PSF does my deck need to support?

For a residential deck, the code requires it be designed to support a minimum 40-psf live load.

The IBC Requirements

The Internation Building Code (IBC) regulates deck additions attached to commercial buildings such as apartments or businesses like restaurants or shopping centers


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Where Do You Find a Good Contractor?

The best place to start your search for a deck contractor is online...

Credentials

Make certain that any contractor you consider hiring has a license for the work they are performing, liability insurance, and workman’s compensation insurance...

Experience

How long has this company been in business?

Design Presentation

Most deck contractors are very capable of building a sturdy and attractive deck; however some are definitely more skilled at designing a deck than others...

Photo Album

Every deck contractor should have a photo album to showcase their finest projects...

References

Building a deck involves a substantial monetary investment...


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Scheduling

It should come as no surprise that deck building is an extremely seasonal industry.

Range of Offerings

Some deck contractors specialize in designing and building with a specific material such as cedar...

Organization

Who exactly are you dealing with and what is their relationship with the company?

Integrity

Most deck contractors are good hardworking people trying to make an honest buck...

Who do you contact if something goes wrong?

If something goes wrong during your project we recommend staying calm and following the established chain of command.

What are your responsibilities?

Your responsibilities as the homeowner and customer will be laid out straightforwardly in your deck builder’s contract...

What are the contractor's responsibilities?

Your builder will have to fulfill a different set of responsibilities to uphold their side of the contract...

Start and Completion Dates

Any legal deck contract must set specific dates for the project to start and finish...

Payment Schedules

This section will establish the total amount including sales tax that you are agreeing to pay for the work to be completed...

Terms and Conditions

This section will represent a collection of resolutions to common disputes that the contractor feels need to be mutually established...

Why do you need to use a contract?

When you hire a deck builder what will guarantee that all goes according to plan?

Defining the Scope of Work / Project Specifications

This section will clearly outline the exact nature of the work your contractor is going to do for you...