A deck can bring beauty and function to your home while increasing its value. If you’d like to add one, you might be wondering whether you need a permit. In most cases, a permit will be required to build a deck in Washington.
According to the state, a permit is mandatory if you would like a deck with an elevated view or one that is more than 18-inches off the ground. You may also need a permit if you plan to build a roof deck or a deck in an environmentally critical area, such as somewhere that’s prone to landslides.
In addition to permits, you must adhere to certain municipal codes that are specific to your city or town. If you decide to build a deck in Seattle, for example, it can’t be within 20-feet of the front of your property line or within 5-feet of either side property line in a single family zone. Before you or a contractor gets to work on your deck, be sure to familiarize yourself with local permit and code requirements.
How to Apply for a Deck Permit
Fortunately, the process of applying for a deck permit is usually pretty simple. In general, you’ll need to file a permit application with the city Planning Department in the municipality where you plan to build the deck. The application will likely require drawings that show the scope of work. You may also have to pay a permit fee.
Keep in mind that you won’t be able to begin your deck project until the Planning Department has approved your plan and issued your permit. Since the process of applying for a deck permit can vary a bit from city to city, you might want to check your local government website or reach out to the planning directly so you’re clear on what needs to be done.
Do Contractors Help with Deck Permits?
If you lead a busy life or simply don’t want to deal with the hassle of getting a deck permit, rest assured a contractor can help. Not only can they take care of the permit process, they may also build the deck professionally so that it meets all code requirements and stands the test of time. Here at J&S Home Solutions, we’re pleased to handle every aspect of your deck project for you so you can spend your free time on other things, like spending time with your family.
What Happens If You Build a Deck Without a Permit?
While it may be tempting to skip the permit process and build your deck anyway, doing so can lead to more harm than good. If the municipality finds out you added a deck to your home without a permit, you may be forced to pay a large fine, tear down your deck, and build a brand new one. Building a deck without a permit can also lead to issues when you decide to sell your house.
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