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Building a Deck, Porch or Handicap Ramp

A deck of any size or height requires a zoning and building permit.

Items needed for review:

  • Central Permitting application
    • or approved Town zoning application
  • Site plan or aerial photograph showing the proposed deck, porch or addition:
    • Distances to all property lines
    • Distance to well and/or septic tank if applicable
    • Site improvement form if private water or septic is on property
  • General Permit application
    • 2 complete sets of construction drawings
      • Or 1 complete PDF file, if emailing
  • Once all items are submitted we will place you into a 10 business day review.
    • Once site plan and construction plans are approved we will notify you and request payment.
    • The zoning permit is a flat fee of $35.00.
    • The building permit is $.16 per sq foot with a minimum fee of $90.95.
    • An inspection checklist will be provided and reviewed with you at the time of permit issuance.
  • All trades are permitted separately

**Please note more information may be requested due to the type of project or location**

**Please contact your Homeowners Association (if applicable) prior to applying for a zoning permit. We do not enforce private covenants and restrictions**

2015 Typical Deck Detail Handout

Various Handicap Ramp configurations (examples)

Informative Deck Safety Information

Deck, Porch, Handicap Ramp or Addition Application Packet

Agent Form for Handicap Ramp (used if a non-profit organization is building the ramp)

You can submit applications and plans via email to planreview@iwus.net (Plans must be in one complete PDF file to submit digitally) or they can be submitted in our office between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

Our address is 17140 Monument Circle, Suite 100, Isle of Wight VA 23397. We are in Building B which is the 2-story brick building across from the Historic Boykins Tavern. Our office is on the right, through the double glass doors.

If you have questions, please email planreview@iwus.net

**Please take a moment to complete the short survey at the following link. This will assist us in making sure we provide the best service possible.

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