Is a permit required to build or replace a deck?

In all occupancies, no permit is required for the replacement of any part of a deck, porch or stoop that does not provide support to a building or structure.  Any part includes the deck support posts or columns, headers or girders, floor joists, decking, railing, stairs, etc.  Replacement of any of these parts will NOT require a permit.  A total replacement, from the existing foundation or footing on up, will require a full permit.  A total replacement, expansion of an existing deck, or the new installation of a deck will require a full permit, not a minor work permit. 

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1. When is a construction permit required?
2. How do I find out the status of my permit application?
3. Can I start work before I receive my permit?
4. How many sets of drawings are required when submitting an application for building permits?
5. When will inspections be made for permit issued?
6. How much do building permits cost?
7. Who is responsible for obtaining a permit?
8. When can a permit be paid for and picked up?
9. How long does it take to obtain a permit?
10. What hours can construction work be performed?
11. I own a single family residence; can I do my own construction work?
12. When is a survey required for a building permit?
13. Can I obtain a copy of my property survey from the Township?
14. Should I be concerned about an oil storage tank when I am purchasing a home?
15. What permit is required to fill or remove an oil storage tank?
16. What is the minimum required depth of footings?
17. When are railings required for steps on a building?
18. Is a permit required to re-roof my house?
19. What is the required space needed between balusters?
20. Do I need a permit to replace my water heater?
21. Will my taxes go up when I receive a permit?
22. Is a permit required to build or replace a deck?