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No Permits Will Be Issued In An Easement.

These examples below are meant as general guidelines and are subject to final approval by staff.

What you need:

  1. Plat of Survey
  2. Structural Drawings
  3. Cost Estimate
  4. Measurements 
  5. HOA approval (if applicable)

Cost of Permit: $50.00 (for up to $8,000)

A permit is required prior to the installation of any deck.

Important Information

  • Deck should be located out of Public Utility Easements.
  • Certain subdivisions have covenants that are more restrictive than the City ordinances. Prior approval from a Homeowners Association is required.
  • When a deck has a roof structure over it, the deck must meet the same setback requirements of a house structure, as well as meeting the lot coverage limit of 30%.
  • All structures (excluding driveways, sidewalks, pools, unroofed decks/patios & fences) on a lot must cover no more than 30% of the total lot area.
  • Whenever a project requires digging please contact JULIE, in advance, at: 1-800-892-0123, to mark any underground utility lines.
  • Corner Lots: No building in the 20 Ft. Side Yard Corner Lot Setback.


  1. Attached/Detached Deck Layout [PDF]
  2. Attached/Detached Deck Layout on Corner Lot [PDF]

Note: At two intersecting streets, alleys, and driveways, there are additional requirements that must be met to protect the visibility of automotive traffic, cyclists, and pedestrians.

Contact Information

Joliet City Hall is located at:
150 W. Jefferson St.
Joliet, Il 60432

Building Division
(815) 724-4070

(815) 724-4055

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