Originally Posted by dirtsailor2003
Yeah, here we can put the benches on as long as the deck surface is less than 18" above grade (I'm right at 20" ) once we get the landscaping in I will be okay. Above 18" you can still have the bench, but then you need a 36" high railing above the bench level. We did not need a permit because in our area you can build decks without a permit as long as they are less than 30" above grade.
Yup---Pretty much the same thing at that development. The one I built there was for my Niece. Legally it would have to have a 36" railing above the backrest of the bench. Who the heck would want that??? Then other people wanted the same benches, and I had to turn them down, because I figured the inspector would catch it & then he'd go back to the one he missed.
Actually, legally, that deck didn't need railing on the rest of the deck, but I put them up, because of the danger. Go figure----They wanted railings above the bench, in case a kid would climb up & fall off, but without railings, anybody could fall off the deck.
Here you need a permit for anything, so they don't miss the Fee & the future extra taxes.