Plans and permits
Many homeowners are surprised when they are told they need to get a permit in order to build a deck. It may seem like a hassle, but it is well worth the small investment of time and money to ensure your deck is built to code standards and is in compliance with local regulations.
Building a deck without a permit can get you into some serious trouble. Some people find out the hard way by having to pay a hefty fine, tearing down their brand new deck, or having someone get hurt because of faulty construction. Building a deck without a permit can also come back to haunt you when it is time to sell your house. Contractors can lose their licenses if they build without permits.
The best option is to work within the rules and get a permit. In most cases, the inspectors are very helpful and willing to work with you to make sure you end up with a great deck that meets all the code requirements.
How to Draw & Submit Deck Plans for Permits
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.
Your plan 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.
Some our projects includes:
|Site plan.||Floor plan.||Soil Report.||Mechanical Plan|
|Utility Detail.||Exterior elevation.||Foundation plan.||Mechanical Schedule|
|Site Detail.||Interior elevation||Foundation detail.||Mechanical Detail|
|Storm drainage.||General notes.||Wall Section.||Electrical Plan|
|SWMP.||ADA.||Structural frame/Roof.||Lightning Plan|
|Structure general notes.||Construction Detail.||SWMD.||Plumbing Plan.|
|Plumbing Detail .|