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DECKS

 

Zoning Regulations (17:9-44)

All decks must conform to Land Use Ordinance Section 17:9-44 Porches and Decks. The following rules apply to decks in the city:

 

Setbacks

For residential structures, decks cannot be located in a front yard but may be located in the required side or rear yard, provided they do not extend more than fifteen (15) feet into the rear yard setback area or closer than six (6) feet to the side lot line.

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Steps

Steps for porches and decks cannot be located closer than six (6) feet from the property line.

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Enclosures

Decks cannot be heated or air conditioned and at least fifty percent (50%) of the exterior wall area must be open and nonglazed. 

Required Yard Setback

For townhouses, apartments and nonresidential uses, decks cannot extend into a required yard setback area. 

No Upper Story Decks

Upper story decks are not permitted. Similarly, upper story structures are not permitted above decks or porches if they extend into a required side yard.

Deck Zoning Application


SUBMISSION CHECKLIST:

[   ] Completed Zoning Application (Development Permit Application)

[   ] $20.00 business check, money order or cashier's check

[   ] A copy of the property survey marking where the deck will be going and setbacks to side and rear property lines.

[   ] (3) Three sets of architectural plans

Deck Zoning Application


SUBMISSION CHECKLIST:

[   ] Completed Zoning Application (Development Permit Application)

[   ] $20.00 business check, money order or cashier's check

[   ] A copy of the property survey marking where the deck will be going and setbacks to side and rear property lines.

[   ] (3) Three sets of architectural plans

File the permit for your new deck by clicking the button below and printing the zoning application. Submit the application along with your property survey and architectural plans; and a business check, money order or cashier's check for $20.00 to the Plainfield Building Division. No cash, cards or personal checks are accepted. Sorry :( .


The Zoning Board of Adjustment presides over applications that need variances. If your deck does not meet the above provisions of the Land Use Ordinance, you probably need a variance. The variance process is a longer process than a normal zoning application and requires a board hearing, a 45 day review period by the Planning Division, and a $500 escrow for residential applications and $1,000 for commercial applications, along with fees. To learn more about the Zoning Board process, please contact the Planning Division at (908) 753-3391.

Zoning Board of Adjustment