New building codes for decks
Dec 11, 2013 | 6579 views | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Beginning in 2014 there will be new guidelines for anyone who wishes to build a deck on their property. Murray County Code Enforcement officer Joey Arnold made the announcement last week during the monthly Commissioner meeting.

“The State of Georgia has adopted the 2012 International Codes as the State’s minimum standards for construction. These codes will become effective January 1st, 2014,” Arnold said. “Georgia has adopted a Prescriptive Deck Detail that amends section 507.1 titled decks, of the 2012 International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings. This prescriptive detail is a 22 page document that describes in detail the minimum standards of how decks for single span, single level residential decks only must be constructed. This does not mean that someone cannot construct a deck that exceeds the standards; it means that the construction cannot be less than the minimum standards.

“The code also requires that a copy of the deck detail must be on the job site and available to the inspector during each required inspection. The inspection process would normally include a footing, framing and anchoring and then a final inspection. However, since the designs of homes vary the inspection process could also vary. Each deck would have to be inspected taking into account for other possible construction designs or components of the residential structure that the deck is attached to.

“Since this is a mandatory code now that all decks must be constructed to these new details, there would be a required permit from the Building Inspection department and there would also be a fee included for such permit. The permit fee would be the same $50.00 minimum fee that we charge for any other type of construction plus the $25.00 application fee that the Land Use office requires. The total permit fee for a deck would be $75.00, irregardless of the size.

Arnold said he has copies of the new code available at the Building Inspection office for anyone that needs a copy and one to be given to a permittee upon the issuance of a permit. The new codes and Georgia State amendments to these codes are available for inspection by anyone at the Murray County Building Inspection office during regular business hours. NOTE: The code books may not be checked out or leave the office but copies may be obtained of any given code or code section (s) for a per page fee.