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What Is It?

A deck is an outdoor, roofless, flat surface(s) that may or may not be attached to a residential structure. The deck is connected to the ground by structural supports.

What Permits Do You Need?

You need a Deck permit to build a deck if it is:

  • More than 30 inches above the ground
  • Decks attached to the primary structure regardless of size require a permit
  • A roof deck (built on top of part of the building)
  • Covered
  • Detached decks over 200 square feet

Research the Code

Sumner Municipal Code in all zones allows for an open, unenclosed, unroofed deck, providing that it is constructed at grade elevation or does not exceed 30 inches above grade.

If your deck does not meet all these criteria, give us a call.

Related Projects

You can also build planting boxes and masonry planters up to but not exceeding 30 inches in height. You can add stairs, balconies, and covered porches less than 200 square feet as long as your lot coverage is not exceeded.

Should You Hire a Professional?

Deck drawings rarely require a professional’s stamp indicating they were designed by an architect or engineer. Anyone with drafting skills may prepare the drawings, or you may hire a professional to help you.

We Can Help

This guide is available only to give you a general idea about whether you need a permit and which permits. Every project is different, so no guide can replace the effectiveness of asking us directly about your project. Please reach out by phone or email to get your project started on the right foot and avoid unpleasant surprises through the process.

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