Building a deck

We explain what you need to know before you build a deck.

What's required

  • Permit (exception: Decks, platforms and stoops that are not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade, are not attached to a structure with frost footings and that do not serve the required exit door of the dwelling)
  • Zoning check and site plan
  • Inspection
  • Construction plan review

We do not require a contractor if the homeowner does their own work. If you hire a contractor, the contractor must have a state contractor's license.

Before you start

Review the following:

Property line



Inspections process



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Contact us

Minneapolis Development Review

Community Planning & Economic Development


Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 220
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Service Center hours
Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.