You need a permit to build a deck. If you have questions during any part of the process, call or email Building Inspection. Staff will work with you to answer your questions.
Your first step is to talk to Zoning. Your property may have restrictions on deck placement. Zoning staff will tell you if any conditions affect your project. If so, our staff will give you information about next steps.
For decks, we can review your plans and issue a permit on the spot if the design meets the required codes. You can make an appointment to come to our office.
The City charges for building permits to cover the cost of plan review and inspections. The permit fee for most decks under 250 square feet is $75. Staff will calculate your exact fee once they have approved your plans.
Start the Work
Be sure to display the permit where it can be seen from the street during construction.
Call for an Inspection
Once we issue your permit, we will give you the name and phone number of the inspector for your area. The Building Inspector will work with you to be sure the work is done correctly.
You must schedule an inspection
after you dig your footing holes AND
before you install the footings
These inspections make sure that the materials and the work are up to code. If any work does not pass inspection, you must correct it and call for a reinspection.
After your final inspection, your project will be considered complete.