The code refers to guards not railings. The language of the code is: Guards shall be located along open-sided walking surfaces, including stairs, ramps and landings, that are located more than 30 inches measured vertically to the floor or grade below at any point within 36 inches horizontally to the edge of the open side. Insect screening shall not be considered a guard.
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You will need to file a completed building permit application along with drawings to describe what you intend to build. A scaled floor plan with all rooms identified showing doors, windows, closets, all partitions, a foundation plan, elevation drawings and a plot plan to verify the location of the addition with regard to the setback requirements from your property lines. If you don’t have a plot plan, we can help generate one from the computer mapping system. You will also need electrical, mechanical (heating/A/C) and plumbing permits as well as an energy code analysis to verify compliance with the State energy code.
Yes, a building permit is required to build or place a shed on a lot. Please file a completed Building Permit Application with a copy of a plot plan showing the location of the shed on the lot. We can generate a small plot plan in our office if you don’t have one. There are exceptions to the normal setbacks that allow a shed to be as close as 5’0” from the property line provided the shed is at least 50 feet from the street. Otherwise normal setback requirements for the zone apply.