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    building permits?

    Planning on building a new deck on top of an older concrete deck at my house. Its pretty large (600sq/ft) and is not attached to the house at all. I dug around online and apparently you need a building permit for anything above 200sq/ft in Reno. Even a simple deck.. Has anyone ever had issues getting a permit or even bothered getting a permit? Do they come out and inspect?
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    According to this:
    https://www.washoecounty.us/reposito...rom_permit.pdf

    Decks that aren't over 30" high do not need a permit.

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    county and city of reno are two different things with different rules.

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    They inspect to make sure it's being installed correctly, and safe. you say "a simple deck", you might be surprised what some people would consider a simple deck ! lol Get it permitted and it'll add value to your house if you ever plan on selling it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willys dave View Post
    They inspect to make sure it's being installed correctly, and safe. you say "a simple deck", you might be surprised what some people would consider a simple deck ! lol Get it permitted and it'll add value to your house if you ever plan on selling it.
    I wouldn't bother with a permit for a deck. It won't add any value to house from an appraisal point of view. It may make it easier to sell and make the house more appealing though. The only thing an appraiser will really care about being permitted is any additions to gross living area. If you don't get an addition permitted it can't be counted towards towards the square footage of the house.

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    Get it permitted and they will raise your taxes....your call but no...

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    Yes, the city vs washoe requirements are much different. I'm more worried about a fine or getting in trouble for not having it permitted.
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    This is kind of on topic. Do the same rules apply for a raised children's clubhouse/ play-set?
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    If you get caught they can make you take down the improvement at your cost, if you don't hey can have it taken down and put a lean on your property. They will also require you to get a permit and have a structural engineer sign off. they also double the permit fees at the county. I don't recall ever seeing anything about a playground under the county code but they typically fall under the minimum square foot. I am sure you need railings on structures over 30" in height and could get dinged over that.

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    18 years in th building trades.
    Anything built on permanent, poured concrete requires a permit. It's a lot easier to get a permit than to deal with the consequences. As long as you include all the right elements, it can be drawn in crayon on a bar napkin.
    The main problem you have, is if you are building on a flat slab you have no bearing points, i.e. footings. 600 sq. Feet of wet snow on point loads, will crack and break any 4" slab. Other than that all you need for a permit is correct lumber dimensions and Simpson strong tie hardware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill View Post
    18 years in th building trades.
    Anything built on permanent, poured concrete requires a permit. It's a lot easier to get a permit than to deal with the consequences. As long as you include all the right elements, it can be drawn in crayon on a bar napkin.
    The main problem you have, is if you are building on a flat slab you have no bearing points, i.e. footings. 600 sq. Feet of wet snow on point loads, will crack and break any 4" slab. Other than that all you need for a permit is correct lumber dimensions and Simpson strong tie hardware.

    Luckily my patio is 5" thick

    I just began the process to get the permit. I have yet to get written guidelines but verbally you need a permit if your deck does not meet one of these:

    - Not Attached to house
    - Under 200s/f
    - Less than 18" high
    - Meets 5' side setback and 20' rear setback

    Looks like I will be doing some drawings this weekend to submit.
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