If you are considering having a retaining wall built on your property, you’re probably wondering if you will need to file for a permit. A permit is typically necessary when modifications, additions, or new construction are carried out on your home or property as a general rule. Finally, if you’re erecting a retaining wall, make sure to get an engineering plan.
However, there are times when property owners may take action without first obtaining a permit. You should inquire about your local government’s regulations with your local authority. It’s always a good idea to have an engineer on board to assist with the wall’s design.
The sort of permit required for a retaining wall is determined by the size and scale of the structure, municipal zoning rules, regulations, and codes, as well as environmental consequences. The regulations and requirements established by your municipality will determine whether a construction permit is required and what kind will be necessary to file. The size and length of a home’s wall are regulated by local zoning rules, which are based on the size of the property and boundary lines. Before designing your retaining wall, verify with your local government’s building code requirements.
There are a few things to consider while constructing a retaining wall that is particular to the process:
- If the total height of the wall measures more than four feet from the bottom of the footing to the top of the retaining wall, you’ll need a different type of foundation.
- If there is a rear slope next to the retaining wall,
- A surcharge load may be required (buildings, roads, vehicle loads, or sloping conditions), and
- If solid fences are connected or adjacent to the proposed retaining wall, they must be evaluated for impact.