Rooftop Deck Permit - Any Knowledge on This?

Asked by Nate, Chicago, IL Wed May 7, 2008

Does anybody have useful knowledge regarding getting a permit to build a rooftop deck? If so, I would appreciate any guidance.

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Rusty Payton, Agent, Chicago, IL
Tue Oct 30, 2012
Yes, building a roof deck in Chicago is no easy task and you certainly should be advised about building anything without a permit, design plans, etc. You must also consider whether local zoning will allow what you wish to accomplish. There are many restrictions on size, placement and ingress/egress. Talk with a reputable contractor and get several quotes. Good luck!

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Bill O'hara, , Chicago, IL
Tue May 4, 2010
What Ken said is right. You must have an architect / engineer look at the building before moving forward. I'm an architect and have done several of these projects. The main thing is to be sure zoning will allow it before getting into the cost of an architect. You can take a copy of your survey and some photos of the building to the department of zoning in City Hall (9th floor) they can tell you if your setback requirements can be met and some
other issues. The a good architect will take care of the rest.

Good luck.
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Ken Dooley, Agent, Chicago, IL
Thu May 8, 2008

You need to consult with an architect. They are responsible for signing off on any drwaings required by the city before a permit is issued. The city has strict standards and codes that need to be adhered to which may require work on the structure of the building to support a deck.

Best of luck, Ken.
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