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The provisions of the PAUCC. ICC Property Maintenance Code, and the Borough of Doylestown Code of Ordinance shall control the design and installation of decks. Installation or expansion of decks and patios requires a permit.
Definitions: Deck – An exterior floor system supported on at least two opposing sides by an adjoining structure and/or posts, piers, or other independent supports.
Permit Required for Deck or Patio Installation A permit is required for the installation of a deck or patio. Failure to secure a permit before installation may impose violations, fines and necessitate the removal of installed structures.
Zoning Requirements: Before a deck permit can be issued it must be reviewed for zoning compliance. Each property within the Borough is part of a designated zoning district. The zoning district specifies the permitted land uses, such as residential, commercial, or industrial and the minimum distances or set back from the property lines for buildings, accessory structures, and fences, as well as maximum height restrictions.
When you apply for a deck permit, the application will automatically be routed to Zoning for review.
If you are located in the historic district and are making changes to the exterior of your property that can be seen from the street and exceed $2, 000 please review the HARB Certificate of Appropriateness requirements.
Applicable Building Codes
All construction work must conform to the requirements of the following codes:
• 2009 International Building Code (IBC)
• 2009 International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
• 2009 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
• 2009 International Residential Code for One and Two-Family Dwellings (IRC)
• 2009 International Electrical Code (IEC)
For simple projects you can view the ICC Codes online at no charge here.
Standard Inspection Requirements:
• Footing and foundation prepour (forms in place before concrete is poured)
• Concrete slab and or backfill
• Rough framing
Important: Your permit cannot be closed without a final inspection. Escrow will not be returned until the final is complete.
The information provided in this guide is intended only to assist individuals in understanding the code requirements. It is not a complete recitation of the code. Property owners should consult the Doylestown Borough Code of Ordinance for answers to specific questions.