Thanks for the reply. No I haven't obtained a permit for this yet....I'm still in the planning phase (trying to get all the kinks worked out before I start.....learned this the hard way in the past). I was fearing that I would get the answer you provided. This means I will have to find an "approved" method to attach the deck to the ijoists in the cantilevered section of the house. I'm not sure what the county's take on this will be, but maybe they will cut me a little slack since its only a 2' cantilever sitting on the foundation. But in the meantime, if you happen to have any good ideas for a non-leaking, non-attached roof that could sit on top of the catilevered section's shed-style roof.......(is that permitted?). Anyway, greatly appreciate your response.....even though it's not the answer I "want to hear", it pushes me in the direction I need to go. Thanks.