Patio/Porch/Deck Roof Covers

If you are planning to build a roof cover or awning supported by the wall of the house, which does not project more than 54″ from the external wall, you do not need a permit.

If you are planning to build an awning projecting further than 54″ or a roof cover over a patio, porch or deck with supporting posts to the ground, you are required to submit for and obtain a building permit and inspections.

If you are also constructing a deck that is more than 30″ above the ground measured from the walking surface of the deck to the lowest grade level around the perimeter of the deck, see the instructions for obtaining a covered Deck Permit.

Please be aware that dumpsters and construction materials must not create an obstruction to the public.

Requirements for submitting a permit application for a roof cover

  1. Permit Application Form
  2. Site Plan showing where on the property the house is and where the roof cover will be placed (see sample Site Plan). Include setback measurements from the post to the back, side or front property line as applicable. Measure from the closet post to the applicable property line(s). You can contact the Planning Department for setback requirements and easement information at 801-446-5323 or
  3. Construction Plans including:
    1. Roof layout drawing (see sample Roof Cover Layout diagram)
    2. Section diagram showing roof structure, post and footing information (see sample Roof Cover Section diagram)
    3. Other applicable information – Building Codes & Design Criteria

Permit Fees are not charged until all plan reviews are completed and approved. The fee will range from approximately $130.00 to $250.00, but depends on the square footage of the roof cover. Permit fees pay for reviews in the office as well as all inspections which will need to be done at the property.

Submit signed application and plans to the Building Department by email at  If your plans are too large to email, please provide a shareable link to where we can download your plans from such as Dropbox, Google Drive or other online service.

Plan review will take approximately 10-15 working days, after which we may call with corrections that will need to be made to your plans. After corrections have been made, it will take 2-3 days to recheck the plans, stamp them approved and calculate fees. After the plans have been approved, we will email an invoice with permit fees. Payments for permits costing more than $1,000 may be made by phone, 801-446-5323, with an electronic check. Payments of $1,000 and less can also be made with a Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express.

Roof covers typically require two inspections, but may require others as needed:

  • A footing inspection when excavated and formed with reinforcement secured, but before concrete is poured.
  • A final inspection when the roof cover is completed.

Call the Building Department at 801-446-5327 at least one business day before you wish to schedule inspections. You may ask for an hour block of time when there will be an adult to meet the inspector at the property. When the work is completed and all inspections are approved, be sure to keep the plans, permit and inspection reports with your house records.

Contact Us


7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Monday - Friday

Please call before 4:00 for inspection requests




Cathryn Nelson • Building Official
Phone: 801-446-5327 | Email

Cathryn Nelson

Lon Christensen • Assistant Building Official/Inspector
Phone: 801-446-5327 | Email

Lon Christensen

Wade Lehmberg • Assistant Building Official/Inspector
Phone: 801-446-5327 | Email

Wade Lehmberg