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Will I Need a Permit for My Backyard Construction Project?

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Are you dreaming of new outdoor living space? Will it require permitting by your city or county government? Building permits can be confusing and time-consuming to research and obtain for many homeowners. The fact that regulations and building departments can vary from location to location further complicates the process. At Archadeck of Raleigh-Durham, handling permits is a standard part of the service we provide. We understand how the different local government entities regulate building projects throughout the Triangle and know how to secure what is needed.

Here are some of the questions homeowners typically ask regarding permits for outdoor living projects:

Q: When do I need a permit for an outdoor living project?
A: A permit is required for any outdoor living project that involv building a new permanent structure or adding on to an existing permanent structure.

Q: Will I need a permit to add a new paver patio?
A: Typically, paver patios do not require a building permit. However, permitting offices tend to vary in how they view these projects and may require different types of permits, such as one for zoning. Also, amenities like gas grills, firepits, or electrical additions may require specific permits for their application. Another regulation you’ll need to know is the impervious surface allotment of your property, which may limit what type of patio you can build and how large it can be.

Q: Will I need a permit for re-decking?
A: Permits are generally not needed for replacing decking boards and railings. Permits can become necessary if the re-decking project requires changes to the structural supports or framework of a deck.

Q: Do I need a permit when converting a deck to a porch?
A. Yes, permits are needed when converting a deck to a porch because of the permanent addition of a roof structure.

Q: Do I need a permit when adding screens or vinyl windows, such as Eze-Breeze, to enclose a porch?
A: No. Enclosing an open porch with screens or vinyl windows does not require permitting because the structure that will contain them is already in place. Also, screens and windows can be removed without affecting the permanent structure.

While permitting may seem daunting, it is meant to provide protection for the environment and for you by setting a certain standard of quality and safety for the structure and land you inhabit. These regulations protect you, people visiting your home, and any future buyers.

If you are planning a new outdoor living project for your home, give Archadeck of Raleigh-Durham and the Greater Triangle a call today: (919) 446-5585. We’ll take care of permits and all the other important details, so you don’t have to. We look forward to working with you!

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