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Enclosing back porch?

I known a guy that is thinking about enclosing the back porch of his camp to make another room. The porch is small, about 8x12. Are you supposed to get a building permit for something like this? The cost is less than $1000 and the outside could probably be done in less than a day.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-29-2012, 12:01 AM
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Re: Enclosing back porch?

Enclosed and attached I would say legally yes he needs a permit. They will also probably inspect rest of camp for things like smoke detectors and what not.

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Re: Enclosing back porch?

Depends on where the camp is. Different requirements for permits in each county.

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Re: Enclosing back porch?

Taters implied answer is good.. a small enclosed porch in the back of a hunting camp? I think I might be inclined to not stir the bees..


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Tater implied nothing

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Re: Enclosing back porch?

Get the permit! No inspections. All you'll have to do is fill out a recreational cabin affadavit and pay whatever fee and you're done. The recreational cabin rules have been in effect for several years now and are statewide and that affadavit is all that's required. Local bureaucrats can't overstep the state codes.

The RC affadavit merely says that you don't live there full time and requires only a smoke detector, CO2 detector and a working fire extinguisher. Thats it!

Without one, you might get by and then again, you might wind up with a big (unecessary) headache from a local code enforcement guy. Not worth it in my book!

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Re: Enclosing back porch?

SFL leases mention that enclosing a porch is OK as long as you are still under the total sq. ft. limit AND the roof pitch is steep enough.

They would probably tell you to file a local permit too.

I don't remember if dad did that in '74 when they added on to our camp. They did have to submit drawings to the state to get permission.

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Re: Enclosing back porch?

yhDucker,
It all depends on where the place is located,
different Counties and Townships have different laws.
In some places he does not need a permit of any kind, especially if he does the work himself, in others he must
have a permit from the township or boro or county.
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Re: Enclosing back porch?

I guess I kinda misspoke in my post above. As Dave pointed out, there may well be townships or municipalities that don't rquire anything for what you're doing. I should have phrased my post to say that a recreational cabin affadavit is the most you'll have to do in terms of code compliance and that sort of thing. In two different townships of Forest County in the last few years, all we had to do was file the RCA and get a "municipal permit" No plans, no inspections, except for new electrical service demanded by the power co, $30 bucks each time and we were good for a year.

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