Do I need a permit to build a deck, porch, pergola, or patio cover?

Please contact the Town of Windsor Permit Technician at (970) 674-2436 to see if a permit is required.  Some permit questions can be answered by visiting the Building Permits webpage. 

Please note that any structure must be located on your property and meet the Town’s setback requirements.  Note:  some encroachments into the setback are allowed, per table 16-1-20(a) of the Municipal Code.  

Table 16-1-20(a) Setback Exceptions 

Accessibility ramps                                                         

May encroach into any setback but shall be no closer than 2’ to any property line. 

 

Accessory buildings, large (greater than 120 square feet in size or greater than 10’ in height) 

May encroach into side or rear setbacks up to 5’, provided they are not located closer than 5’ from the property line. In no case shall less than 20’ of clearance be provided between an accessory garage and public sidewalk.

 

Accessory buildings, small (up to 120 square feet in size and up to 10’ in height) 

 

 

May encroach into side or rear setbacks.

 

May encroach into a secondary front setback provided they are located behind a solid fence which is at least 5’ in height.   

Decks

May encroach into side or rear setbacks up to 10’, provided they are not located closer than 5’ from the property line. 

 

Fences or walls, including trash enclosures, and retaining walls less than 4’ in height measured from top of wall to bottom of footer.      

                                                    

May encroach into any setback subject to fence and wall standards.

Flagpoles

May encroach into any setback provided the flagpole is setback at least a distance equal to the height of the flagpole from property lines. Flagpoles and their related flags shall be setback sufficient distance to enable the flag to fly fully open without flying over the property of others.

 

Mail boxes

May encroach into front setbacks. 

 

Mechanical equipment, ground mounted

May encroach up to five feet into side or rear setbacks provided no equipment or component of such equipment is located closer than two feet from any property line and the equipment is screened.  

 

Patios

May encroach into any setback provided they are no more than 12 inches above grade and are not located closer than three feet from the property line.

 

Stairs, at grade

May encroach into any required setback up to six feet.  

 

Stairs, above or below grade

May encroach into any required setback up to six feet provided they are not located closer than three feet from the property line. 

 

Structural projections such as cantilevered bay windows, balconies, chimneys, eaves, or other non-foundational overhangs or projections 

 

May encroach into side setbacks up to 2’.  

May encroach into front or rear setbacks up to 3’

 

Swimming pools, hot tubs and/or spas

May encroach into side and rear setbacks provided they are not located closer than three feet from the property line.

 

Window Wells 

May encroach into any setback up to two feet.

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