A building permit and zoning permit is required for all decks that are supported by footings regardless of the height above grade. The zoning permit application is integrated into the building permit application and is processed simultaneously. If your property is located in one of the incorporated towns within Loudoun County then contact that particular municipality for approval.
For decks constructed with stairway illumination, hot tubs, or spas, electrical permits may also be required.
Apply for Permits
Application for a permit can be made at the Building and Development Front Counter:
- Loudoun County Government Center
1 Harrison Street, S.E., 2nd floor
Leesburg, Virginia 20175
- Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Ph: 703-777-0220
Cost of Permits
Permit fees are based on deck square footage and whether or not a zoning permit is also required. Decks less than one thousand square feet shall have a base fee of $100 (one hundred), while decks one thousand square feet or above will be priced depending on exact square footage. A $165 (one-hundred-sixty-five dollar) fee is added to the base fee for all residential decks requiring a county zoning permit. Also some plans which require plan review may incur a plan review charge.
If other permits are required, separate fees will be charged based on actual equipment installed on the deck. Examples of equipment requiring additional permits include, but are not limited to, electrical outlets or fixtures, hot tubs, spas, etc.
Who Should Apply for Permits
You may secure the building permit in your own name; however, if a contractor is to perform the work, Loudoun County suggests that the contractor be listed on the permit as the party responsible for the work. In this way, the county will be in a better position to assist you in gaining compliance with codes if the work is defective. A contractor must be properly licensed in order to obtain a permit.
Regardless of who applies for the permit, the property owner must sign the Building/Zoning Permit application.