A homeowner can, and in many locales must, acquire at least one permit prior to building a deck. When the appropriate permits are not obtained, the homeowner risks the levy of fines, property damage or bodily injury due to subpar construction and the requirement that the deck be removed.
The application process usually requires the submission of necessary forms, application fees, a deck plan and possibly a property survey with the proposed deck drawn to scale. As many as three inspections, footing, framing and final, occur during the construction process. The framing and final inspections are often combined when access to the framing structure is possible after construction is complete. The issuance of a certificate of occupancy releases the construction for use and completes the process.