3400 Brookside Rd., Macungie 18062 | 610-966-4343

Decks and Patios

Decks & Patios

Decks and patios are allowed only in side and rear yard areas, but shall be no closer than ten (10) feet to a side lot line or rear lot line. An exception is along the common property line where there is a common wall for single family attached dwellings and semi detached dwellings where decks and patios will be permitted within the property boundaries up to the property line. Permits are required.
All permit applications are available online or at the Township Permit Department: Monday - Friday (8:00am-4:00pm)
Submission requirements for 30" and higher:

  • Building permit
  • Application review fee $40.00 (non-refundable)
  • Plot plan, showing location of deck on house and setbacks (distance) from property lines.
  • 2 sets --Detail drawings
  • Deck submission form completed
  • Certificate of Insurance of Workers Compensation Insurance for contractors
  • Zoning setback - 10 feet from side & rear property lines without roof
  • With roof - must meet setbacks for that property as well as lot coverage

Submission requirements for under 30":

  • Zoning permit only
  • Plot plan
  • Deck submission form completed
  • Zoning setback - 10 feet from side & rear property lines without roof
  • No inspections required

Inspection requirements:

  1. Post holes----- 36 inches deep (frost depth) - minimum 12 inches across - before pour or placement of posts.
  2. Fasteners: nails, bolts, and joist hangers, etc. for pressure preservative treated wood MUST USE hot-dipped galvanized steel, stainless steel, silicon bronze or copper.
  3. Flashing required to provide drainage away from connections
  4. Frame inspection required for any deck less than 4 feet in height (before deck boards are installed).
  5. Final ---------- deck completed with stairs and handrails where applicable.
  6. Deck attached to house with lag bolts that must penetrate into solid rim joist or carriage bolts with nuts and washers for OSB rim joists.

Minimum 48 hour notice to schedule inspections

Deck Application Submission Form