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SDCI customer service areas remain closed until further notice and continue offering services online. King County has approval from the State Department of Health to allow all private construction activities that are low-risk and adhere to strict COVID 19 Job site Requirements. The City of Seattle has issued requirements for construction projects seeking inspections. The City WILL NOT INSPECT any site that does not follow these requirements.


Summary: This Tip addresses the questions most commonly asked by homeowners wishing to construct decks, fences and arbors for their single family residences on Single Family and lowrise Multifamily zoned properties. Decks vary widely in the scope of their construction, some requiring permits from the Department of Planning and Development (DPD). Fences generally do not require a building permit, but there are regulations that need to be followed. Arbors generally require a building permit.

Date Revised: 01/03/2019

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