X.I. Decks

  1. Written permission from GHI is required for all wooden decks. A wooden deck is distinguished from a patio by the use of structural members to directly support the flooring material. Location and construction plans must be submitted for approval to the Technical Services office. Permission may be denied based on the utility easement location.
  2. All work must progress in a workmanlike manner and in accordance with County codes. A county permit is required for all wooden decks.
  3. All wood in contact with or within twelve (12) inches of the ground must be pressure preservative or creosote treated. Other wood members must be decay and termite resistant, such as pressure preservative treated wood (CCA, thirty [30] years) or redwood. Composite material, primarily from approximately equal parts of hardwood sawdust and polyethylene, polypropylene, or vinyl plastic, is acceptable for use for decking and railings, and not for framing or structural members; composite material must be installed according to manufacturer's instructions. (Products made from at least 50% recycled materials are encouraged.)
  4. Footings must be at least fourteen (14) inches in diameter and at least thirty (30) inches deep. A thirty six (36) inch high railing is required if any portion of the deck is thirty (30) inches or greater from ground level.
  5. A deck covered with a solid, weatherproof roof will be considered a porch and will be governed by the applicable GHI regulations for porches and for additions on the side on which the deck is built, for the following purposes:
    1. Placement
    2. Size
    3. Neighbor Approval Requirements
    4. Gutters and Downspouts
    5. Roof Style
    6. Materials
    7. Addition Maintenance Program
    8. Required Building Permits
  6. Uncovered decks are limited as follows:
    1. Serviceside uncovered decks are limited as to size to the rules governing serviceside additions.
    2. Gardenside or end uncovered decks shall not exceed one-third (1/3) the area of the total gardenside yard, based upon gross areas of the deck and the yard.
  7. Deck placement shall not interfere with a swale, downspout, or other drainage feature. Because not all drainage flows are immediately apparent, caution must be taken in planning placement. The member is responsible to correct all drainage problems subsequently caused by deck placement. GHI is not responsible for damage caused to a deck placed over a swale when the swale must be repaired.
  8. Unserviceable areas shall not be created by deck placement. Provisions to relocate fences when needed must be shown on the plans sunmitted to GHI.
  9. When decks abut at similar elevations, privacy screens may be erected six (6) feet high from deck level. With specific neighbor permission, all privacy screens along deck sides may be six (6) feet high from deck level, provided this does not exceed the height of the first story of the home.