Decks / Porches / Ramps / Repair
- Step 1 - Review and Prepare
- Step 2 - Create an Account
- Step 3 - Apply
- Step 4 - Review and Payment
- Step 5 - Schedule an Inspection
Review and Prepare
Please review the information packets pertaining to your construction projects below under the Documents section.
The following documents need to be available for upload during the online application process. Please note, all documents need to be in a PDF format.
- Site Survey
Showing location of deck or porch.
- Site Plan
- MN Structural Engineer's Report or Documentation from the Floor Truss Company
(required if the house has a cantilevered floor where the deck/porch will be located)
- MN Structural Engineer's Signed Plans
(required if there is a hot tub located on the deck)
- Helical Pile Design
required if this is being used for the deck footings)
- Diagram or Drawing of the Deck or Porch
Showing the following:
- Beam size and location
- Footing size and spacing
- Framing plan, joist size, and spacing
- Material list, type of material
- Rail size/height, space between railings
- Size of deck and height from grade
- Stair location and dimension
- Park Office Approval Letter
(if deck is being built in a manufactured home park)
Are you a new user?If no, continue to step 3.
If yes, create an account.
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Having trouble creating an account? Detail instructions are available here, IMS account creation information.
- When scheduling inspections, please plan at least three to four business days ahead.
- Please note, during the busy construction months longer delays may occur.
Information needed before calling to schedule an inspection:
- Permit number.
- Address for the job site.
- Inspection type.
- If you are the homeowner, the name of contractor doing the work is needed.
- Login to IMS Account and go to your dashboard.
- On your Dashboard, go to My Inspections.
- A list of required inspections can be viewed along with the instructions on how to schedule.
- If deck is going to be attached to a cantilever (overhang) either provide alternative method of framing support or provide proof that cantilevers and floor trusses can bear additional load of deck.
- The City of Blaine does not enforce Homeowners Association Rules or Neighborhood Covenants. It is the homeowner's responsibility to verify compliance with neighborhood requirements prior to constructing your deck or porch.
- The footing inspection is after the holes are dug and before the concrete is poured.
- Permits are required for all decks with the following exception:
- Patios made of concrete or pavers on grade.
- Freestanding decks (except manufactured homes) do not require a permit if they are not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade. Freestanding decks do not require footings that extend below the frost depth.
- Consider zoning ordinances and/or homeowners association requirements prior to constructing a free standing deck.
- Manufactured homes require a building permit for all decks that will be used for the path of exit/entry in to the dwelling.
- Manufactured homes require a park approval letter to be submitted along with the application.