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What kind of permits or inspections do I need for building a free-standing deck?

Question:

What kind of permits or inspections, if any, do I need if I'm interesting in building a free-standing deck on the rear of my property approximately 40 yards from my home? The deck will be approximately 120 sq. ft., single level, and 24 to 36 inches high. The property is in Wake County, NC, but outside any town or city limits.

Answer:

In order to obtain the most accurate information, you can contact your local building code official. In many jurisdictions in the United States, permits are issued by the city/county government via their building officials. While many jurisdictions are under the same building code, each jurisdiction may accept part, or all, of the code and may also make an addendum to the building code. They will tell you if you need a permit for the deck and how to arrange for an inspection, if needed. Some counties may not require permits for sheds or decks not attached to a house.