FAQs: Deck Design Restrictions
Yes. However, the deck must be strong enough to support the heavy weight associated with a hot tub. An existing deck will most likely need to be reinforced. Please note: you cannot use typical details for decks which include a hot tub.
When applying for a permit for a deck with a hot tub, please ensure
your application includes the hot tub's model number, model
specifications, load requirements and manufacturer's installation
guidelines. For more information on the installation of a hot tub, see
Pools, Spas & Hot
Maybe. Zoning regulations may prohibit your deck from being converted to
a screened-in porch or sunroom. If zoning poses no restrictions, the
existing deck must be specifically strengthened to resist the new loads,
like snow and/or wind loads, imposed by the new roof and/or walls. For
zoning questions, please call 703-222-1082, TTY 711.
Maybe. The answer to this question involves the zoning ordinance. A deck that has no coverings above and below is considered an open deck. If you add lattice, the deck is then considered an addition with different set-back requirements than a deck. For more information contact zoning at 703-222-1082, TTY 711.
Maybe. Zoning regulations may prohibit a privacy screen on one or all sides of your deck. If there are no zoning restrictions, the deck must be designed to resist the added loads associated with a privacy screen. For zoning questions, please call 703-222-1082, TTY 711.