Before you build a deck in Washington, D.C., you need to obtain a building permit. A building permit authorizes you to make home improvements according to a specific scope of work as shown on approved architectural plans. By law homeowners are required to get a permit for any construction in Washington, D.C. If your home is located in a Historic District special regulations may apply, so start with those. Since any modification to the approved scope of work or plans must be re-approved, make sure your plan is finalized before your deck contractor applies for your permit.
Permit applications are handled by The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) in the District. The DCRA Homeowners Center is your first stop in determining what needs to be done to gather the documentation needed for your building permit.
The DC Construction Codes “specify the minimum acceptable level of safety for constructed objects such as buildings.” They also contain provisions for property maintenance. The Construction Codes are critical to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public and the occupants and users of buildings located within the city limits.
If you plan to build a deck in Washington, D.C., with plumbing, mechanical or electrical work it will require additional permits for Supplemental Systems Installation that can only be procured by a DC contractor licensed for that specific construction trade.
At Hal Co we have over 30 years experience as a D.C. licensed contractor providing outdoor construction services for a variety of home and business owners. Give us a call when you need honest answers and friendly, expert assistance with your plans to build a deck in Washington, D.C. At Hal Co, we are your trusted source for deck construction in the District done right.