Deck Safety

Due to the alarming rise in number of deck failures nationwide, the Town of Oak Island strongly recommends annual inspections on decks. To help with these inspections, the Town has placed two checklists, Deck Evaluation Form and Check Your Deck Checklist, on the Town’s website. These checklists were prepared by North American Deck and Railing Association and more information regarding deck safety is available on their website,

These checklists are tools to aid owners and contractors in determining if any repairs are needed and the extent of repairs. In some cases, an engineered evaluation may be needed, but in all cases a building permit will be required for repairs. Always ask your contractor for a copy of the permit and the final inspection report.

Again, the Town cannot emphasize enough of the importance of homeowners and property management companies preforming routine inspections and maintenance on all decks, stairs and porches for your own safety and that of your guests.

Please contact Development Services’ Inspections Department with any questions or concerns:  (910) 278-5024.