​​If you are planning to build a deck on your property in Maryland, you may wonder whether you need a permit. The short answer is yes; you generally need a permit to build a deck in Maryland. Here’s what you need to know:



Why Do I Need a Permit?

A building permit is required to ensure your deck is built safely and meets local building codes. The permit process involves submitting plans and other documentation to your local building department for review and approval. Once your documents are approved, you will be issued a permit allowing you to proceed with construction.


What Are the Requirements for a Deck Permit in Maryland?

The specific requirements for a deck permit in Maryland may vary depending on your location, the size and height of your deck, and other factors. Generally, you will need to submit the following information when applying for a permit:

  • A detailed site plan showing the location of the deck in relation to your property lines and any other structures on your property
  • Drawings and specifications for the deck, including the size, height, and materials to be used
  • Details on the footings, framing, and connections to the existing structure
  • Information on the type of railing system to be used and its height and spacing

You may also be required to provide other information, such as proof of insurance and a contractor’s license if you hire a professional to build the deck.


How Do I Obtain a Deck Permit in Maryland?

To obtain a deck permit in Maryland, you will need to contact your local building department and submit your plans and other documentation. The process may involve several rounds of review and revisions, so it’s important to allow plenty of time for approval.

Once your permit is approved, you will be issued a permit card that must be posted on the job site. Your inspector will visit the site at various stages of construction to ensure that the work is being done in compliance with the approved plans and local building codes.


What Happens If I Build a Deck Without a Permit?

Building a deck without a permit is a violation of Maryland building codes and can result in fines, legal action, and the requirement to remove the deck if it is deemed unsafe. Additionally, if you decide to sell your property, you may be required to obtain a retroactive permit and bring the deck up to code before the sale can proceed.


Leave it to the Professionals

While DIY deck building can be fun and gratifying, it requires extensive planning and knowledge about codes, materials, techniques, and more. That’s why it’s always best to have a professional deck builder in MD build your deck for you, such as North American Deck and Patio. Our experienced deck builders are familiar with code requirements, materials, techniques, and more. You can always rest assured that your deck is code compliant and exceeds your expectations. Contact us today to get started with a FREE consultation.


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Our 30+ years of experience and accumulated knowledge sets us apart from our competitors. We have designed and worked on a variety of different landscaping projects each customized to fit the needs of the customer. Our expertise allows us to ensure that you get exactly what you want – and we’ll even back it up with a warranty.

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Anne Arundel County Deck and Patio: Annapolis (21401, 21403, 21409), Arnold (21012), Crofton (21114), Crownsville (21032), Gambrills (21054), Glen Burnie (21060, 21061), Hanover (21076), Jessup (20794), Pasadena (21122), Severn (21144), Severna Park (21146).

Baltimore County Deck and Patio: Arbutus (21227), Catonsville (21228, 21250), Cockeysville (21030, 21031, 21065), Dundalk (21222), Edgemere (21219), Essex (21221), Garrison (21055), Lansdowne (21227), Lochearn (21207), Lutherville (21093), Middle River (21220), Milford Mill (21244), Overlea (21236), Owings Mills (21117), Parkville (21234), Park Heights (21215), Pikesville (21208), Randallstown (21133), Reisterstown (21136), Rosedale (21237), Timonium (21093), Towson (21204), White Marsh (21162), Woodlawn (21207), and more.

Calvert County Deck and Patio: Dunkirk (20754), Chesapeake Beach (20732), North Beach (20714), Prince Frederick (20678), Owings (20736), Solomons (20688).

Howard County Deck and Patio: Clarksville (21029), Columbia (21044), Cooksville (21723), Dorsey (21075), Elkridge (21075), Ellicott City (21043), Fulton (20759), Glenelg (21737), Glenwood (21738), Granite (21163), Hanover (21076), Highland (20777), Jessup (20794), Lisbon (21765), Marriottsville (21104), North Laurel (20723), West Friendship (21794), Woodbine (21797), Woodstock (21163), and more.

Montgomery County Deck and Patio: Olney (20832), Damascus (20872), Laytonsville (20882), Silver Spring (20910), Clarksburg (20871), Gaithersburg (20878), Germantown (20876), Bethesda (20816), Chevy Chase (20815), and more.

Prince George's County Deck and Patio: Bowie (20715, 20716, 20720, 20721), Beltsville (20705), Adelphi (20783), College Park (20740,20742), Greenbelt (25689), Hyattsville (20781, 20782, 20783, 20784), Landover (20785), Laurel (20707, 20723), Springdale (20774), Upper Marlboro (20772, 20774), Woodlawn (21207).

St. Marys County Deck and Patio: Leonardtown (20650), Mechanicsville (20659), Lexington Park (20653), Piney Point (20674), Tall Timbers (20690)

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