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Old 06-24-2011, 12:30 PM
 
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Default City of Durham regs for concrete patio

I have searched the City of Durham's website and cannot find any information regarding regulations/permits for concrete patios. I am thinking of putting in a concrete patio, but have heard that the city limits the amount of impervious surfaces allowed on properties. Does anyone have any information they can share?
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Old 06-24-2011, 01:03 PM
 
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Good question ... this link from the City/County Inspections page indicates a permit is not required for a patio 100% in contact with the ground.

Durham, NC - City of Medicine (http://www.ci.durham.nc.us/departments/inspections/decks.cfm - broken link)


o I Need a Permit to Build a Deck?

Yes, a permit is required to build a deck, because it is considered to be structural work (something that carries a load other than itself; in this case, a person load). A brick paver patio would not require a permit, because the pavers are in 100% contact with the ground, whereas a deck is suspended above the ground, requiring the joists and posts to transfer the loads to the ground.

I *think* the answer is that while a permit and inspections are not required for a patio, you are still responsible for meeting zoning requirements (and any HOA approvals).


Frank

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Old 06-24-2011, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Downtown Durham, NC
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Zoning requirements will limit your allowable amount of impervious surface. A call to the Planning Department will let you know whether or not you can build one.

It's also possible to build a patio out of permeable materials if you don't have any IS left.
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Old 06-24-2011, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Midtown Raleigh
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Durham still counts the "pervious" concrete materials as impervious. Their stormwater standards are the strictest around. Your plot plan should show you how much impervious space you have left. You can call Durham One Call to find the answer to your permit question. Durham, NC - City of Medicine
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:30 PM
 
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Durham still counts the "pervious" concrete materials as impervious. Their stormwater standards are the strictest around. Your plot plan should show you how much impervious space you have left. You can call Durham One Call to find the answer to your permit question. Durham, NC - City of Medicine
Also, I **think** your water bill or possibly the water department can tell you the amount of impervious service you have used and how much you have left.
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