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Old 05-16-2010, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Indian Trail, NC
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Does anyone know if I'll need a building permit for a free standing Pergola? I plan on building it from scratch.

I live in Indian Trail, by the way.
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:37 AM
 
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You won't need a building permit, but you may need to check with your HOA (if you have one).
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:50 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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I would assume you would not need a building permit, but my idea of a pergola would be a structure that could easily be removed (I have built 2 in the past - don't have one here- YET!)

You are doing a true pergola - slats for "roof?" Are you building a deck under it or adding it to an existing deck - or putting in a removable flagstone/slate floor? Is it going to be larger than 12 x 12? Will it cost under $5000 in materials? Are you building it yourself? Are you pouring a concrete pad? (Pouring a pad could change whether it is considered permanent or not).

You are not in an HOA?

I have found that typically, if it costs under $5000, is under 12 x 12, doesn't have an actual roof, doesn't have a poured concrete floor, it is not considered a "building" so no problem. But municipalities vary with ordinances . . .

Here is the website that might have the answers:

Town of Indian Trail : Welcome Message

And here is the page w/ some ordinances on it (not sure if they will answer your question but it is a place to start)

Town of Indian Trail : Departments > Planning > Ordinances and Regulations
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Indian Trail, NC
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I will be building a true pergola, with slats for a roof. It's basically going to be four posts and slats running accross as rafters. I will be building it myself and if my estimates are correct, it will probably cost about $300 in lumber and parts. $400 tops. I am planning on drilling into my current cement patio and securing braces for the posts.

To us the pergola will be permanent, but technically it could be removed in one piece if you just unscrewed it from the braces, so I guess it's not really permanent. It's a lot of wood, so it wouldn't be especially easy to remove, but you could do it. It's no more permanent than a wood playset with swings.

As for the size, it will be around 11 x 12.

I do have an HOA and I don't believe it will be a problem. I'll need to request permission from them to build it, but it's behind the house, so they almost never have any issue with something that isn't visible from the street, which this won't be.

So, your general concencus is that I won't need a permit then?
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:14 AM
 
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Can you build one for me after you have done yours? LOL
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:24 PM
 
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I will be building a true pergola, with slats for a roof. It's basically going to be four posts and slats running accross as rafters. I will be building it myself and if my estimates are correct, it will probably cost about $300 in lumber and parts. $400 tops. I am planning on drilling into my current cement patio and securing braces for the posts.

To us the pergola will be permanent, but technically it could be removed in one piece if you just unscrewed it from the braces, so I guess it's not really permanent. It's a lot of wood, so it wouldn't be especially easy to remove, but you could do it. It's no more permanent than a wood playset with swings.

As for the size, it will be around 11 x 12.

I do have an HOA and I don't believe it will be a problem. I'll need to request permission from them to build it, but it's behind the house, so they almost never have any issue with something that isn't visible from the street, which this won't be.

So, your general concencus is that I won't need a permit then?
That sounds like a terrific addition to your outdoor space and no way anyone could deem it a building. And it could be removed so that means it isn't "permanent" in the sense of digging footings . . .

The other municipalities I lived in did not require a permit for such a structure. However, with the HOAs, one did get upset with me that I didn't run it by the architectural committee b/f doing it and the other one - I did submit to architectural committee, wh/ I found ridiculous, but just trying to keep peace . . .

When you get down to it, a pergola is no more obstructive than say - a large outdoor umbrella - and they do add so much to a setting.

I can promise you that here in my present home - I won't be asking anyone anything. I will just build it. It will be no larger than 12 x 12 and open (as you described yours). My neighbor bought his house with a pergola already on the back deck and it looks very nice so there's a precedent right beside me! Just can't imagine anyone getting themselves in an uproar over it, lol.

Good luck with your project!
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:16 PM
 
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Can you build one for me after you have done yours? LOL
I was thinking the same thing!
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Indian Trail, NC
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Let's see how building mine goes before asking me to build one for you. I've never tried anything like this, so it may go horribly wrong.
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Old 05-20-2010, 07:51 PM
 
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if you live in a neighbor hood with an HOA, better check with them before hand
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