Hoboken Legal Beagle – 10/21/2008
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:
It 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.