I've got an almost $10K deck job to do but I can't even get started because the city appears to be stalling on my permit. It's been THREE WEEKS today since I dropped off the application. Everything was in line and all required paperwork was turned in per their check list. I checked last Wed. (two weeks after the application was made) and was told it was "on hold" because the plan reviewer still had to look at it.
It's an 8' high deck over a patio area on a walk out basement. By code, I could have gotten away with 2x6 joists 24" o.c., but I used 2x8 16" o.c. Could have used 4x6 posts but I used 6x6. The beam could have been a double 2x10 but I used a TRIPLE 2x12.
The deck it's replacing was to code but it was a little "springy". I guaranteed the owner that the new one would be rock solid. It should take the plan reviewer a very short time to see that it's substantial construction that exceeds the code requirements.
It's been several years since I've built a deck but I've done many over the years and have never had a permit take longer than a week. Three weeks is UNACCEPTABLE! I find it very hard to believe that the building department is over run with building permit applications in this lousy economy.
OK, rant mode off. Time to return to normal.