Patio and deck covers are structures that cannot exceed 12 feet in height. They may be a simple structure consisting of a roof and supporting members only or they may be enclosed. Patio covers may be freestanding (detached) or attached to the house.
Patio enclosure walls may have any configuration, provided the open area of the longer wall and one additional wall is equal to at least 65% of the area of the two walls below a minimum of 6 feet 8 inches of the two walls measured from the floor. Openings may be enclosed with insect screening or translucent or transparent plastic that is readily removable and not more than 0.125 (1/8) inch in thickness. Enclosed patios shall not cover the required egress window of a bedroom.
Patio and deck covers shall be used only for recreational outdoor living purposes and not as carports, garages, storage rooms or habitable rooms.
Sunrooms are glassed-in enclosures and are allowed if certain conditions are met:
NOTE: Decks built within 6 inches of the ground should be constructed of redwood or pressure-treated lumber to avoid dry rot.
Decks that are constructed 30 inches or more above ground are required to have a guardrail surrounding the deck and a continuous handrail along the flight of stairs serving the deck.
The top of the guardrail shall be not less than 42 inches. Open guardrails shall have intermediate rails or ornamental pattern such that a sphere 4 inches in diameter cannot pass through.
Handrails are required on stairs that have four or more risers. The top of the handrails shall be placed not less than 34 inches nor more than 38 inches above the nosing of treads. They shall be continuous for the full length of the stairs and the ends shall be returned or terminate in newel posts. The handgrip portion of handrails shall not be less than 1 1/2 inches nor more than 2 inches in cross section with an adequate smooth gripping surface with no sharp corners and spaced 1 1/2 inches from an adjacent wall.
When applying for a permit, certain information is required to complete the permit application:
The owner/contractor or an authorized agent is the only legal person who can sign the building permit application. Upon approval of the application and issuance of the permit, the permittee has 180 days to commence work on the project, otherwise the permit automatically expires.
A patio/deck cover less than 60 square feet with an open lattice roof and open on 3 sides may be located anywhere on the lot, no closer that 3 feet to any property line and not in the front of the setback area. Patio/deck covers not meeting these criteria require Planning & Development approval and must be consistent with the following regulations:
The following inspections are made only if a permit is issued for the deck:
An inspection request recorder is available on a 24-hour basis by calling 707.428.7570. Requests received before 3:00 pm will be scheduled for the following day. All calls received after 3:00 pm will be scheduled 2 business days later. Morning inspections are made sometime between 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, and afternoon inspections between 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm. The approved plans and the inspection card that is issued should be on the job site and available to the inspector at the time of inspection.