FAQs: Deck Submission Requirements

What design considerations would prohibit me from using the Fairfax County Typical Deck Details?
The following, in addition to any deviation from the typical details, are some of the items that require a plan submission:
  • Multi-level decks.
  • Multi-span decks.
  • Spiral stairs.
  • Hot tubs.
  • Roof.
  • Privacy screens.
  • Decks for a commercial building.
  • Attachment to or through a brick veneer.
  • Attachment to a house overhang or bay window.

Can I use specific parts of typical details and only submit drawings for customized components?

Yes. Any conditions which deviate from the typical details, such as a starburst guardrail infill, must be drawn to scale and thoroughly detailed to adequately show the intended design. Please include fastener requirements.

More Questions?

Please contact Building Plan Review via e-mail or telephone at 703-222-0114, TTY 711. You may also consult the Decks publication or the Fairfax County Typical Deck Details

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