Furniture, umbrellas, retractable lateral arm awnings and most curtains do not require permits.
NEW – 10/11/21 Recently the DPP has changed the requirements for canopies by removing the link between street parking and covered floor space. This means that fabric structures are more allowable than they’ve ever been in certain development zones on Oahu.
We recommend that our customers consult with an architect or the Honolulu Department of Planning & Permitting (DPP) for whether their fabric structures will require a permit. It is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure that all products on their property are permitted if required. Liability for the absence of a permit does not fall to the contractor. If the lack of a permit causes the project to halt, the customer is responsible for all materials and labor expensed up until that point. If a portion or the whole of the project needs to be removed or altered, that will trigger a change order. With the life expectancy of these products and their price points, it is important to plan ahead.
Permits for shade structures are going to do two things. They will ensure that the structure can be executed within the zoning restrictions and property setbacks. We call this being allowable. Permits will also confirm the stamped drawings from either an architect or an engineer show that the product will meet or exceed current code requirements. This means that we will have to show proof that the product will not present a threat in hurricane-force winds. Tropical J’s does this by providing stamped drawings from a licensed engineer.
At this time, Tropical J’s only contributes to the structural portion of the permit process and provides drawings of our product up to the building. We will detail anchor connections to the building. If detailed building drawings are required to integrate with the product drawings, those will need to be provided by a third party, such as an architect.
We have in the past built and installed projects that were engineered to code and deemed allowable by an architect, but for which a permit was not going to be pulled, or for which the permit was in process of being pulled. However, if wind speed requirements change (they were 80mph when we started our company and now they are 130mph) or if zoning/setbacks change, then the product may never be permittable as-built or installed.
Waikiki has an additional set of requirements to satisfy; please see the download section for more information.