You should consider permits when planning major home improvements, such as a deck or patio installation. It’s a good idea to ask your contractor if you need permits for your new deck and who will be responsible for obtaining them. Moreover, deck building projects must be reviewed by your local jurisdiction to ensure they adhere to the current International Residential Code (IRC).
Keep on reading if you need a permit for adding a deck to your home.
Does Adding a Deck to Your Home Require a Permit?
Most times, building a deck would require you to get a permit. While building codes and regulations may vary depending on your location, you likely need a permit to execute your project. For instance, if decks are at least two feet above grade, they will need a building permit. One of the first things you should do, even before hiring a contractor, is to consult your local municipality to determine if a permit is necessary for your deck building project.
What Will Happen if You Don’t Obtain a Permit?
In some cities, you could be fined if you skip getting a permit for your deck installation. If your contractors did not obtain a permit, you would not know if they built your deck according to code. Keep in mind that building codes help ensure structures are safe. Without it, your new addition may not be safe to use. Sometimes, contractors who perform construction jobs without a permit can be penalized. Another thing that can happen if you don’t get a permit is that you wouldn’t be able to sell your home. If you did succeed in selling the property, you can face legal problems if the new owner finds out.
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