Residential Patio Covers

  1. Submittal Requirements
  2. required inspections
  3. helpful information

Residential Patio Cover submittal requirements

An Engineer stamped plan is required if cover is other than a shed style roof (hip, gable, etc.), more than 12 feet in height, or is attached to something other than a house rim joist (wall, existing cover, etc.). Load path through a cantilever may require engineering.

  1. Completed application
  2. Homeowner Affidavit (if work is to be completed by homeowner/occupant)
  3. Plot plan/site plan (must show location of proposed deck and include dimensions from deck to property lines/easements, show existing window wells, show existing mechanicals)
  4. Construction plan drawing which must include specifications on the following (see below for more detailed information):
    • piers or footings
    • material to be used
    • dimensions
    • connectors
  5. Any additional information deemed necessary by the reviewer (individual projects may require additional information).
  6. HOA approval may be required.


  • Species of wood (Redwood, cedar, southern yellow pine, etc.)
  • Grade of wood (#2, #1, etc.)
  • Size of
    1. Ledger 
    2. Beam
    3. Rafters, joists, or trusses
    4. Posts (include height)


  • distance between piers
  • distance between posts
  • distance between beams
  • distance between ledger and beam
  • distance between rafters, joists, or trusses
  • cantilevers
  • height above adjacent grade

Connectors: (must meet wind design criteria)

  • Post to pier
  • Beam to post or pier
  • Rafter, joist, or truss to beam
  • Ledger to house

**Please provide all required information on the drawing.  Do not submit documents from other jurisdictions as they do not contain all the required information.**

Note: patio covers must comply with wind design criteria including uplift