When you have some home improvement projects in mind, it’s so easy to get a little too excited. You want to get things started as soon as possible, especially if the project you’re thinking of is as exciting as a new deck.
Before you start dreaming of the activities you’ll do on your new deck, however, your trusted deck and roofing contractor, Pechacek’s General Contracting, wants you to know one important thing first: you need a permit to build a deck.
Why a Permit Is Necessary
If you are getting a deck that is no less than 12″ above grade, you will certainly need to secure a permit. If it is going to be lower than 12″ above grade, you would have to check with your local inspection office to see if they still require a permit for this, as some counties consider this height to be a patio instead of a deck.
Unlike minor exterior home improvements, like gutter installation, building a new deck is considered a big project. You want to be sure your deck will be built up to code. Having a permit gives you the assurance that you have a deck that’s not just beautiful but also safe to use.
How Will You Get a Permit?
There are a few things that you should prepare, including an accurate to-scale drawing of the deck that shows its exact dimensions, railings, stairs, as well as the material you plan to use for the deck. You will be asked to submit a copy of the plan showing both your house and the property lines. It should also show precisely where the deck will be built within the property. You will also need to fill out the application form for the permit and pay the fee determined by your county. Some contractors can pull the permit for you as part of their services.
Just like you would only call an expert for a roof repair, you should only hire pros with experience to build your new deck. Pechacek’s General Contracting can design and build your amazing deck. We can even repair your old one so it looks like new. Give our friendly staff a call at (715) 502-2006 today or schedule a FREE consultation with us! We serve Hudson and River Falls, WI, and nearby areas.