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Question: How close to my property line can I build my deck?

pa2ma2pa

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Can a floating deck be built close to a fence? My town zoning documents say nothing about how far from the property line a deck needs to be built, perhaps because there is no such regulation? I am replacing an old deck & want the new one to go back farther.
 

Maister

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You should contact your local planning department for the answer, as each community's codes differs.
 

DVD

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Yep, the local people will know. I've worked in a few places with a few different answers. Ask questions like:
1. How tall/high/big does a deck need to be before it needs a permit. Some places don't need permits for decks under 2' high.
2. Look for "accessory" standards. Most will tell you an accessory use which can be anything from a deck to a guest house needs to be 3-5' from the property.
3. If your deck if flat ask if you need railing. At some point you need a rail for safety. Can't have dad falling off the deck while he's grilling.
 

Doohickie

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3. If your deck if flat ask if you need railing. At some point you need a rail for safety. Can't have dad falling off the deck while he's grilling.
Our ~10x10 wooden patio ("deck" if you will) has no railings. I was sitting a chair close to the edge of the deck. Too close. The rear leg slipped off and Dad did indeed fall off the deck. I was fortunate I wasn't hurt. The deck is only about 10" high.
 
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