Do I Need a Permit for a Deck Build or Renovation?
You’ve decided to build a deck (or renovate an old one) and are eager to get started, but before you get started, you need a building permit.
Every homeowner wishes they could bypass the red tape that accompanies most property alterations, but the law is the law. It’s always best to do things by the book rather than rectify the issue later. Most deck projects must be reviewed by your local jurisdiction to ensure they comply with the International Residential Code (IRC) standards and regulations. The IRC sets specific protocols for construction projects to make sure the finished project is going to be safe, built correctly, and up to current building standards. Upon receiving the building permit, you are now authorized to build the deck according to the specifics shown on the finalized plans you presented.
What is needed to get permitting for a Kansas City deck build?
Detailed drawing of your dream deck. Present two copies of the scale drawings. The sketched plans need to be drawn from a bird’s eye view and must show where the deck will attach to the home. You may also be asked to provide an elevation drawing. While some professional deck builders use computer drafting software to create the plans, a hand drawing using ¼” graph paper is also acceptable.
Length, width, and height of the proposed deck. Be sure to indicate where the beams will be placed.
Proposed joist thickness and spacing. Example: 2×10, 2×8, etc.
Specify the location(s) of steps. Don’t forget to state how wide they will be and the height of each step.
Guardrail height. While you might not be planning on including guardrails on the deck, they might be a necessary detail, so it’s important to find this out before deciding to forgo guardrails.
Material list. State what material(s) will be used to build the deck. Is it going to be wood or a composite? Will it have lattice around the bottom? If so, be sure to state this as well as the material of the lattice.
Type of footing to be used. This is referring to concrete piers.
Measurements of your yard to scale. It is helpful to show the property lines.
Where are the deck plans sent for approval?
Most cities have a Building Inspections department located inside City Hall. If you live way out in the country, you may have to deal with the county building department. If you still aren’t sure who to contact, your county’s property appraiser can point you in the right direction. Once you get in touch with the proper person, they will give you a permit application and a list of documents you need to provide before the permit can be issued. Once the deck is finished, the inspector will come back out to make sure the deck is safe and was built according to the plans.
What happens if I build or renovate a deck without getting a permit?
The short answer: They could put a stop work order on your project and force you to pull a permit before you are allowed to continue. They may also fine you for not pulling the permit in the first place.
GOOD NEWS – We do all the permitting work for you!
As professional deck contractors, we understand the permitting process and happily streamline it, so you can enjoy the deck of your dreams without delay. As you can see, there is a lot of expertise and work required to handle the permitting process the correct way. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!