Do I Need a City Permit to Build a Pergola?

Adding a pergola to your yard or garden is a great way to ensure you’ll spend more time outdoors. A bit of shade is all it takes to make staying in the yard easy when the weather is nice. Many homeowners assume that the simplicity of pergolas means that construction is straightforward and that no permitting is required. However, that assumption could turn out to be a costly mistake for most people.

Contact Local Authorities

For the majority of homeowners, it should be assumed that at least some kind of permitting is required to install a pergola. The big caveat is that the amount and types of permits needed are going to depend entirely on where you live. Since there is no blanket answer, the best thing homeowners can do is contact their local building authorities to find out exactly what kind of documentation they’ll need.

Why Do I Need a Permit?

Local building authorities consider many factors when deciding on the requirements laid out in a permit. In the case of pergolas, some of the factors might include the type of building material and depth of the foundation. Also, certain materials might not suit local climates and foundations might require extra support in flood-prone regions. Checking in with your local authorities ensures that you avoid fines, but also that your pergola will stand the test of time.

Quality Pergolas for Any Home

TEMO Sunrooms is a national leader in pergolas and other outdoor living products. We use only durable, lasting materials that work great in any environment. We even stand behind our pergolas and other products with a limited lifetime transferable warranty. To find out more about pergolas or to find an expert installer near you, contact TEMO today.

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