If you are thinking of DIYing your deck, you may want to reconsider how much work the entire process may be. You can surpass the stress of a home renovation project by hiring a team of expert contractors, field managers, and office staff to handle everything for you. Deck maintenance is an extremely relevant aspect of owning a deck. From ensuring that rot, rust, stain and paint is well managed, it is also important to ensure that it is also up-to-code. According to the Department of Homeland Security, every three years, building codes are updated. These improvements are relevant in order to stay up-to-date with the latest technology. In this blog post, we will discuss the significance of having an up-to-code deck. 


According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, 60 percent of the 45 million decks in the United States have a safety issue. Therefore, having a deck that is compliant with your town, city, or state’s construction regulations is an essential component to the building process.

Now let’s discuss why your contractor needs to pull the proper permits in order to start the process of building a new deck. According to city of Providence, a permit is required when any new construction is being built, this of course applies to decks. These permits are pulled in order to ensure overall safety, as well as comply with the town’s building, construction and zoning codes. Safety is always a main concern when building a new structure. Up-to-code structures provide a safe space for furniture, the weather, or hosting guests. A few aspects contractors must consider when building a deck in compliance with the state includes: footing size and depth, ledger boards, posts and beams, joists, railings, and stairs. 

Your project will be put on hold if the proper permits are not pulled:

In order to start a project, permits need to be pulled. After drafts of the project are produced, they must be sent to an inspector for approval. From there, your contractor will begin. However, when a contractor does not comply get a building permit in the first place, it is a sure sign that they do not have your best interest in mind, as you may be faced with a number of consequences. The first one being that your project may be shut down. On top of that, a project without a proper permit, can also result in being charged a fine. Additionally, if a structure is built without a permit and/or is out of code, the structure may have to be completely torn down. Therefore, before any project that requires a permit to be pulled or an up-to-code structure needs to be produced, Services Plus has you covered!