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Do I Need a Permit for a Patio Cover in Los Angeles?

by | Oct 20, 2023 | Patio Covers

Many Los Angeles home and business owners want to enhance their patios with a high-quality canvas cover that improves their visual appeal while protecting them from rain and other natural elements. However, many aren’t up-to-date with Los Angeles’ patio cover regulations and wonder, “Do I need a permit for a patio cover?” That’s why Van Nuys Awning Co. is here to explain everything you need to know about patio cover permits in Los Angeles, California.

Van Nuys Awning Co. has been Los Angeles’ source for first-class outdoor canvas covers and awnings since 1918. If you want to upgrade your deck or patio with a gorgeous cover without stressing your budget, contact Van Nuys Awning Co.

Los Angeles Permit Requirements for Patio Covers

Los Angeles has several rules and restrictions in place to ensure buildings, accessories, and other structures don’t pose a safety threat before, during, and after construction. These regulations apply to residential and commercial properties and require residents to obtain permits before starting construction projects, causing many to ask, “Do I need a permit for a patio cover?”

The size of your patio cover will determine if you need a permit. The city of Los Angeles’ zoning rules state any one-story detached building accessory less than 120 sq. ft. in roof area doesn’t necessitate a building permit. However, covers surpassing 120 sq. ft. or 23 ft. in height require a permit. Attached patio covers also require a permit to stay within local regulations. 

It’s important to note regulations vary from city to city, so always check with your city’s permit requirements before starting a project.

How To Obtain a Permit for Patio Covers in Los Angeles

Los Angeles residents can obtain patio cover and outdoor structure permits by visiting their local Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety office and completing an application. You can apply for several permits, ranging from a counter plan check to an express permit. Simply tell the representative about your project, and they will help you complete the application and submit your request.

Small patio cover installation projects often require an express permit. You can complete and submit these permits online, making them easier and faster to obtain. However, larger projects typically demand more extensive paperwork and require you to visit your local Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety office.

Contact Van Nuys Awning Co. for Luxurious Patio Covers and Awnings in Los Angeles, California 

Next time you wonder, “Do I need a permit for a patio cover?” contact Van Nuys Awning Co. We carry dozens of top-quality awnings and will explain the construction guidelines for patio covers. Whether you need to understand the cost to build a patio cover or want to learn more about building permits for home improvements, Van Nuys Awning Co. is here to help.

Give Van Nuys Awning Co. a call at (805) 973-0257 and see what we can do for you in Los Angeles, California, today!

<a href="" target="_self">Don Powell</a>

Don Powell

Hi, I’m Don Powell! I am the 4th generation of the Powell family that started Van Nuys Awning. I am an IFAI Master Craftsmen, served on the board of the WCPA and now CEO of Van Nuys Awning. I worked my way through Van Nuys Awning learning how to install, design and manufacture awnings for the last 48 years. I handle the sales for most of our large and corporate accounts. I take great pride in our client’s happiness and successful installation and manufacturing to our client’s design. One step I take to maintain our company’s quality and client’s request will align is to personally oversee each project’s work order. Thanks for taking time to view, read, and consider working with Van Nuys Awning.
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