Spring Into Action: Your Guide to Deck, Shed, and Fence Projects in Perinton

By in Fairport NY News

As spring approaches, many homeowners are gearing up for various home improvement projects to enhance their outdoor living spaces. Among the most popular projects are building decks, installing sheds, and erecting fences. However, it’s important to be aware of the regulations and requirements to ensure compliance with local and state building codes.

Whether it’s a new shed, deck, fence, finished basement or any other project you can dream up, the Perinton Building & Codes Department (BCD) is available to help you plan your project and get it off the ground. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know:


Building permits are required for all decks that are elevated off the ground, attached to the house, or provide access to a swimming pool.

The minimum footing depth for deck construction is 42 inches.

Guardrails are necessary when the walking surface is 30 inches or more above grade.

Homeowners can find valuable resources such as lumber spans, templates, and other helpful information on the deck information handout available on the BCD webpage.


Building permits are mandatory for all storage sheds, regardless of size.

Residential properties are allowed one shed of up to 200 square feet or 1% of the total lot area, whichever is greater.

Sheds up to 200 square feet must be situated in the rear yard, at least 5 feet from property lines and 5 feet from the home.

The shed should complement the main home in terms of style.

Comprehensive shed regulations and application information can be found on the shed information handout on the BCD webpage.


Building permits are required for all permanent fences.

Fences can be up to 6 feet tall in side and rear yards and up to 3 feet tall in the front yard.

Placement of fences should avoid easements and right-of-ways, and homeowners are advised to consult their survey map for these features.

When installing a fence near a property line, it’s recommended to enlist the services of a professional surveyor for accurate placement.

The fence handout on the BCD webpage contains a complete list of regulations and application instructions.

Throughout the project, inspectors from the Perinton Building & Codes Department will review plans and conduct inspections to ensure compliance with both town and New York State building codes. Homeowners are encouraged to reach out with any questions or concerns they may have during the process.

Additionally, it’s essential to contact 811 before starting any digging projects to have underground utilities in the yard staked out. This free service can prevent serious injuries, utility disruptions, and costly repairs resulting from damaged infrastructure.

For more information on these projects and others, visit the Building & Codes Department webpage. Don’t hesitate to contact the BCD with any inquiries or assistance you may need. Happy spring remodeling!

The post Spring Into Action: Your Guide to Deck, Shed, and Fence Projects in Perinton appeared first on Town of Perinton.

Share This
Skip to content