Do I Need a Permit to Build a Deck?
A deck is no small project, so you may have heard about the permit requirements associated with building one. In this blog, we’ll provide the details of deck permits in the state of Maryland and send you to the right place to secure a deck permit of your own!
When is a Permit Required in the State of Maryland?
Specific requirements vary from county to county, but in general, if a deck is supported by footings, you’ll need to apply for a permit. This is true for all Maryland homeowners, regardless of how tall their deck is or its material.
How Can I Apply for My Own Deck Permit?
Each Maryland county has its own specific Department of Permitting Services to review design plans and perform inspections. To build your own deck, you’ll just need to head to your county’s website and locate their application pages. To save a bit of time, here is the link to each county’s application that Excel Fence and Decking serves:
Which Factors are Considered When Granting Permission?
County Specific Rules
Counties have specific rules that may keep you from legally adding a deck to your property without first receiving permission via a deck permit application.
You’ll want to ensure your deck plans comply with your county’s zoning requirements. The key here is to make sure your deck is located within the boundary lines that are required for any new addition. If the deck encroaches too closely to a neighboring property, the plans could be rejected.
Septic/ Well Requirements
There are specific requirements for properties that are served with a private well or a septic system. Be sure your deck plans are kept an adequate distance away from the septic system or well to receive the go-ahead to start your new deck build! Contact a reputable septic company, if needed.
Build A New Deck with Excel Fencing and Decking
Excel Fencing & Decking is delighted to exceed the expectations of every customer! Whether searching for a new fence or replacing a deck, Excel has you covered. We are a full-service fencing and decking company working throughout the greater Baltimore area and carrying top brands including Trex, Azek, Shoreline Vinyl Systems and Wolf PVC Decking. To learn more about our services, please contact us at (410) 803-9499.