The decision to proceed with a new patio installation is an exciting time. You’ve probably already envisioned all of the outdoor entertaining you’ll be doing in the coming months, and we want to help make those visions a reality. Before you dive headfirst into a new patio or deck installation, however, there are a few important administrative steps you need to take.
Get a Permit
Every city and state has its own specific ordinances. Unless you want to gamble with violating those ordinances, you’ll need to apply for a permit. Holding a permit means your project is approved and your new patio meets all local requirements.
Clear Municipality Codes
After you have a permit, the next step to take is to clear all municipality codes. These are different from permits and are decided by your city or county. It’s important to check your area’s specific codes and make sure your project doesn’t violate any rules, or you could find yourself in trouble with the local government.
Ensure HOA Approval
Of course, nothing is as terrifying as facing the wrath of your neighborhood Homeowners’ Association. Even after you have gotten permit and cleared all project plans with your local municipality, you still have to get the approval of your HOA. If you skip this step, don’t be surprised to find a note on your door from your friendly HOA letting you know your new patio violates the neighborhood’s rules.
Schedule an Inspection
Finally, it’s essential to schedule a professional inspection with your deck or patio company. This ensures your new outdoor living area is built according to all industry standards and is deemed safe and ready for guests.
Find a Great Contractor
If all the preliminary work sounds like too much to bear, find a contractor who can do it all for you. They’ll be able to handle all of the logistics and administrative work so you can focus on enjoying your new patio.