Deck Permit Application Instructions

Permit Application Instructions

  • All areas of this permit packet must be completed; all forms and items required for submittal must be complete prior to application being accepted. 
  • Items required for permit submittal are identified below. 
  • Permit may be submitted via postal, drop off or email to

Please see our Typical Deck Details guide

Submittal Requirements Deck

Required forms and submittals provided by applicant or applicant’s contractor: 

  • Deed/Recordation Receipt - if the property is not listed in the applicants’ name 
  • Plat of property - must include either an engineered plan or a drawn-to-scale plan showing building location and include the following elements: 
    • Location of proposed structure(s) 
    • Dimensions of proposed structure(s) 
    • Setback measurements for proposed structure(s) - if your proposed structure appears to be within 20 feet of the minimum setbacks, a foundation survey and/or setback certification will be required. Setbacks are measured from the closest point of the structure (including any attachments) to the closest point of the property line or assumed right-of-way. 
  • Building Plans - one complete set 
    • Scaled or fully dimensioned and shall bear the name, address, and contact information of the designer
    • Plans shall be deck-specific and only contain details, specs, etc. for that specific site; no generic, non-specific plans will be accepted 
  • State Contractor’s License (or Contractor License Exemption form in lieu of License) 
    •  State Contractor’s License must include applicable trades 
  • Louisa County Business License 
    • Not required if submitting Contractor License Exemption affidavit 
    • If contractor does not have a Louisa County Business License and the total value of all jobs within Louisa County for the current year does not exceed $25,000, a business license from the contractor’s locality will be accepted; if contractor does not have business license from another locality, contractor will be required to obtain a Louisa County business license

Additional submittals that may be required: 

  • Town of Louisa or Town of Mineral Zoning Approval - if building within town limits 
  • Shrink/Swell Report – required due to the soil conditions IF DECK IS ATTACHED TO HOME AND IS IN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TAX MAP NUMBERS: 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 28, 29, 30, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 42, 45, 46, 47, 51, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 61, 63, 67, 71, 72, 73, 74, 83, 84, 88, 89, 96, 97, 100 
  • Soil Bearing Report - required if the Shrink/Swell Report identifies a need for additional structural requirements or design 

Schedule of Fees Deck

Deck - Zoning Fees (non-refundable) 

  • Zoning Review Fee $25.00 

Deck - Building Fees (25% non-refundable) 

2% State Fee will apply to the following: 

  • Open Decks, Porches, Landings $.20 / sq. ft. / $125.00 minimum 
  • Covered Decks, Porches, Landings $.25 / sq. ft. / $150.00 minimum 

Deck - Additional Fees 

  • Permit Renewal $75.00
  • Working without a permit  50% of the permit fee - $250.00 minimum 
  • Re-inspection Fees: 
    • 1st Failed Inspection $30.00 
    • Additional Failed same issue $35.00 
    • Not Ready when inspector Arrives $250.00 

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