Deck or Porch

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A permit is required to construct a new deck, replace an old deck with a new one, or rebuild part of an existing deck. The Residential Addition Permit Packet (PDF) outlines everything you will need to apply for your permit.

To obtain your permit you will need:

  • Drawing and details of how your deck will be constructed. You can use our Deck Construction Detail (PDF) to fill in the blanks and attach to your drawing. You can also visit the American Wood Council website for a deck construction guide.
  • Survey or Site plan of your property showing the location of the deck and the setbacks from each property line. The location of the structure can be hand drawn on a copy of your survey. You can view some surveys online at the York County deed search website. You can also submit your plans for review online.

You should also contact PUPS to request that any underground utilities are located before you start digging. Visit their website at for more information.  If any utility lines are found, there may be utility easements or rights-of-way present on your property. These should be shown on a survey of your property. You can also contact our office to verify if any rights-of-way are present.

Complete the Residential Addition Permit Application (PDF) and submit it to the Permit Application Center. You can also apply for the permit online. Plan review may take up to 48 hours. Please include a drawing of how your deck will be constructed and a site plan of your property showing the location of the deck and the setbacks from each property line. Contractors will need to submit a copy of the contract/ job estimate with the permit application.

You will be notified when the plan review is complete and the permit is ready. If the plan reviewer finds any items that need be corrected, you will receive an email with a list of the items to be corrected.

Please review the Contractor Licensing Requirements.  If someone other than the state license holder will be applying for the permit, please complete the Authorization to Obtain Permits (PDF) form and have it notarized.

For more information, contact the Permit Application Center at 803-329-5590 or by email.

Related Information
Residential Addition Permit Application (PDF)
Deck Construction Detail (PDF)

Important Information for Homeowners 
Consumer Guide to Home Improvement Contracts (PDF)
Hire a Licensed Contractor (PDF)
Owner Builder Disclosure Information for Homeowners (PDF)
Owner Builder Affidavit (PDF)

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