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Old 11-19-2009, 08:29 PM   #1
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I want to build a wood path from front door to back door for my customers (I have a home business). Do anybody know if I need to apply for a permit for this job? Does that consider as a deck? It's very low to the ground.


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Old 11-19-2009, 09:56 PM   #2
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depends. in CENTRAL TEXAS we do have to get permit if it ties into anything structure .referring to home or business. if it is in city limits then they will require it to be handicap acceptable. best way is to call your city office. construction service dept. and ask. good luck

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normally if it is attached it needs a permit, if not no permit. And a wood sidewalk would not be considered a permanent structure since it will not last that long anyway.
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normally if it is attached it needs a permit, if not no permit. And a wood sidewalk would not be considered a permanent structure since it will not last that long anyway.
Does that consider as a deck? It's looked like a deck, but it's very low and it's not attached my house.
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Is it a wood sidewalk supported by posts or other individual supports or is is it continuously supported by the soil like a sidewalk or the old roads/walks in the SW U.S.?

If it is not connected to the structure and like a sidewalk, no permit should be required unless there are local regulations that you can check out easily.

When, or if you go to sell the wood walk could be a critical item if the home inspector notes it as a safety problem that may be negotiated or corrected for financing purposes.

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I believe you will need a permit, connected or not because it would be for public use..
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Not public use since it is on private property. It could be an insurance problem, but anyone using the walk from the front to the back door of a home is a guest and not the public or just a trespasser and it would be hard to prove it was an "attractive nuisance".
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Being installed for customer use, wouldn't that fall under public use rather than guest?
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But is the house even zoned for business? All our comments are useless, since permit requirements are different everywhere. I have worked in areas where even building a new house did not need a permit (Wyoming) yet in some New England areas anything over $250 needs a permit.
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In fact I have called to ask if I need permit for this path. They told me no need for wooden path. And after I finish this job, I found this path is somewhere like a deck, so I'm afraid someday I will be fined as they will think it's a deck.
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not if you do not attach it to the house. This is the critical difference. I had a small patio outside the read door.. 12X10 needed a permit. Then I built the large party outside kitchen. This is 75 feet from the house and is concrete and flagstone. it is 80 X 120 ... no permit was needed. Also built a garden tool shed which is two floors and 30 X 40... no permit was needed.

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