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Old 05-10-2017, 07:03 PM   #1
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Does anyone have access to what the most recent IRC says about decks under 200sqft, under 12" from grade, and freestanding?

I have a copy of the 2009 version and found the statement I need but not sure if it changed for 2015.

Why I need it is because I had a chat with someone in my city's plan review office and they didn't seem to have any awareness of anything in the IRC about small freestanding decks like this. They didn't seem to want to look for it themselves. I know each city can decide what to follow and what not from the IRC but my city states they follow the IRC and I didn't see any amendments to the IRC on this area in the city code.

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Old 05-10-2017, 08:46 PM   #2
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Does anyone have access to what the most recent IRC says about decks under 200sqft, under 12" from grade, and freestanding?

I have a copy of the 2009 version and found the statement I need but not sure if it changed for 2015.

Why I need it is because I had a chat with someone in my city's plan review office and they didn't seem to have any awareness of anything in the IRC about small freestanding decks like this. They didn't seem to want to look for it themselves. I know each city can decide what to follow and what not from the IRC but my city states they follow the IRC and I didn't see any amendments to the IRC on this area in the city code.

Thanks...
If it's for residential use its the same code as if attached to the house. Minus the requirements to actually attach it to the house. 12" to grade obviously means you don't need a guardrail.


What is the 2009 statement you found?

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Old 05-10-2017, 10:19 PM   #3
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The part about it not needing a permit...

RI05.2 Work exempt from permit. Permits shall not be
required for the following.
Exemption from permit requirements
of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization
for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions
of this code or any other laws or ordinances of thisjurisdiction.
Building:

1. One-story detached accessory structures used as tool
and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided
the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet
(18.58 m2).
2. Fences not over 6 feet (1829 mm) high.
3. Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet (1219 mm) in
height measured from the bottom of the footing to the
top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.
4. Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity
does not exceed 5,000 gallons (18927 L) and the ratio
of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.
5. Sidewalks and driveways.
6. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter
tops and similar finish work.
7. Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24
inches (610 mm) deep.
8. Swings and other playground equipment.
9. Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which
do not project more than 54 inches (1372 mm) from the
exterior wall and do not require additional support.
10. Decks not exceeding 200 square feet (18.58 m2) in area,
that are not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above grade
at any point, are not attached to a dwelling and do not
serve the exit door required by Section R311.4.


But I just dug up a document that shows my city amended that section of the IRC. More money for them for a structure that poses zero risk to anyone.

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I do have the 2015 book for Michigan which IIRC says the same thing as your 2009 version.
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But I just dug up a document that shows my city amended that section of the IRC. More money for them for a structure that poses zero risk to anyone.
Yep, many municipalities pick and choose which portions of the IRC to follow instead of adopting the entire thing wholesale.
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Does anyone have access to what the most recent IRC says about decks under 200sqft, under 12" from grade, and freestanding?

I have a copy of the 2009 version and found the statement I need but not sure if it changed for 2015.

Why I need it is because I had a chat with someone in my city's plan review office and they didn't seem to have any awareness of anything in the IRC about small freestanding decks like this. They didn't seem to want to look for it themselves. I know each city can decide what to follow and what not from the IRC but my city states they follow the IRC and I didn't see any amendments to the IRC on this area in the city code.

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You need to ask them which version of the IRC they've adopted (I doubt it's 2015).

In my area a free standing deck 12" above grade? is considered landscaping and no permits are required.
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