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The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) is providing this information to help you design your deck, obtain a building permit and pass inspections. The standards and details in this Guide will help you determine how large the footings, beams, joists, posts, and ledgers need to be; how to build lateral bracing, stairs, and railings; and how to fasten all of the pieces together. This Guide does not take into account conditions which may affect your deck design such as drainage conditions, slope conditions, or decks supporting loads in excess of the standard uniform loads. Depending on your specifi c situation, you may need to hire a licensed architect or structural engineer prior to approval.
You may include all, or part of the pre-approved design standards and details in this guide with your building permit plans for decks that are:
For more information to help you design your deck, see Brochure 3a - Deck Design Guide.