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If all goes well, you will find there is actually more time spent in the planning, design, permitting and approval process before you build your deck in Gainesville, VA, than is actually spent in the construction of your new deck. Teasing out the details takes time, but is vital to proper site placement, deck materials selection, structural integrity and safety, and in return you get a beautiful, inspected, approved deck to enjoy for decades.
Check with the Prince William County Building Development Division for permitting information well before you begin drafting scale drawings. When you build a deck in Gainesville, VA, and elect to follow the recommended Typical Residential Deck Design plans they will receive automatic approval. If you plan to build a custom deck in Gainesville, VA, that installation will require approval of detailed drawings.
Two important notes. If you plan to build a deck at your Gainesville, VA, home using “foreign lumber, plastic, or manufactured material the product has to receive an approved evaluation report from ICC-ES or from an accredited testing laboratory” before your deck plan will be approved. In addition to submitting a Building Permit Application Form you will also need an Electrical Permit Application Form for convenient and safe electrical service on your deck for features like outside lights, entertainment equipment, and ceiling fans.
All decks built in Gainesville, VA require zoning approval. A Building Permit is only required if the entirety of the top of the deck’s flooring is elevated over 16.5 inches from the finished grade or it carries an excessive load like a fireplace or a hot tub. See the Prince William County page on Zoning Approval: Decks for more information.
The county urges homeowners to contact their homeowners' association (HOA) to ascertain whether your neighborhood is subject to has restrictive covenants. These would require HOA approval for exterior improvements or home maintenance such as building a deck in Gainesville, VA.
For expert assistance and over thirty years of deck planning and installation expertise call the skilled deck professionals at Hal Co. Put our knowledge and techniques to work at your house, and build a deck in Gainesville, VA, that exceeds your expectations.