West Canton St, South End Roof Deck
Dreaming of a new deck or roof deck this summer????
East 7th St, bi-level deck
*The information in this article applies to Rear Decks, Triple Level Decks, Roof Decks & Balconies
Step 1 – Contractor
Note: At Abacus if a customer is happy with their Free Estimate we then do a site visit, followed by a meeting with our estimator to select materials to work out a detailed proposal and price breakdown before the customer signs anything.
Also,It’s good to shop around but remember “cheap work is rarely good and good work is rarely cheap”.
Gold Street Roof Deck
Step 2 – Find out which permit you need
East 5th St Rear and Roof Decks
There are two types of permit, Short Form and Long Form.
Short Form: If you have an existing deck but want to update it with new decking or handrails you need just the Short Form Permit.This type of permit can be gotten in 24 hours from the building dept. with the assistance of a licensed contractor. However, you cannot change the size, shape or location of the original permitted deck. Here at Abacus we procure permits on behalf of our customers and can have it next day. This is because you are replacing a deck that has already been approved and ISD already has the original plans. (If your deck is very old you should check first that it was built legally, this is something we come across from time to time, it would mean that you would have to go through the Long Form process, see below)
Long Form: Changing the size, shape or location of an existing legal deck or structure will require a Long form permit.
The application to do this type of work will require a set of plans stamped by an architect/engineer and submitted to the building department for approval. If what you have designed with the architect meets zoning requirements, a permit can be issued in as little as 30 days.
However, if what you have designed does not meet local zoning requirements, your plans will be rejected and you will have to file an appeal with the city and ask them to grant you relief from zoning violations. This process can take 6 months to 1 year depending on many factors.
Note: Permits cost 1% of total project cost, for a $30,000 deck expect to pay $300 for your permit
Step 3 – Architect Drawings
Note: After agreeing on the price the wait time depends greatly on you the customer. The architect will send you questions and such that if answered promptly will speed things along. A steady flow of communication is key – check your inbox!!!
Upton St, South End, Roof Deck