Hoboken Legal Beagle – 10/21/2008

10/21/2008:

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Rear decks in Hoboken

“I currently live in a 8 unit building over 2 address plots. We have a common backyard, that no one really uses. I wanted to know how difficult it would be and approximately how much in legal fees/permits it would cost to put a steel structure up and have decks for each unit. I see these types of decks all over Hoboken, but have now idea if any have ever been put up after the initial construction. I could probably convince everyone to have a special assessment for the cost, as long as the permits and what not weren’t too extreme. “

Hoboken411 Legal Beagle says:

Hoboken411 Legal BeagleIt all depends on the size of the lot and the size of the building, generally speaking each building is allowed to cover 60% of the lot. This is commonly referred to as lot coverage. If your structure fits within the allowed lot coverage you should be able to get a building permit without excessive costs or problems. If the proposed structure would take up more that the allowed lot coverage you would need a variance that would cost about $15,000 in legal, architectural and city fees with a timetable of about 6-8 months for approval with no guarantee of success. The best way to start is to hire a local architect that can provide you with the specifics of your building. If the architect determines that you need a variance then forget all about it, if no variance is needed that I would say full steam ahead.

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6 Comments on "Hoboken Legal Beagle – 10/21/2008"

CharlieAParker
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Screw it. Permit, you don’t need no stinkin’ permit. 😉

MidnightRacer
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[quote comment=”113256″]We have a private backyard and it took over a year to get approved. No special assessment charge was needed though. But we only got approved for a deck for the 1st floor.

The architect fees ran about 3K[/quote]

$3,000 to design/blueprint a small Hoboken deck?

Geez, I wonder what it would cost to plant a daisy bed.

costume
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costume

You need to hire an engineer… There will be structural calculations involved that an architect most likely will not be able to sign off on… Also, you have to maintain the require rear yard setback.

murph_hoboken
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murph_hoboken

We have a private backyard and it took over a year to get approved. No special assessment charge was needed though. But we only got approved for a deck for the 1st floor.

The architect fees ran about 3K

CharlieAParker
Member

[quote]If your structure fits within the allowed lot coverage you should be able to get a building permit without excessive costs or problems.[/quote]

ROFLMAO. Al Arezzo, without excessive costs or problems, heheh, yeah good one.

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