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Old 06-14-2017, 09:06 AM   #1
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Ive seen this topic discussed a couple times but not found a for sure answer. Does a Pergola require any clearances to overhead services? I think it comes down to if you consider the top a pergola a "roof". Personally I don't think should be considered a roof and therefore would not require any clearances. What do you think?
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Old 06-14-2017, 09:11 AM   #2
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What's to say a child wouldn't find a way to climb onto the roof? Its exactly the kind of thing I would have done as a kid.
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If I was an inspector I believe I would make you go 3 foot.
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No one here I can give you an answer. This is completely up to your power company's wiring inspector. It may also be up to your municipality's electrical inspector if they get involved with that.
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The way I see it is that there is no way to get up there without a ladder so it shouldn't be a problem with kids and its really no different then have a tree within 3ft of a service.
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Treat pergolas as if a shed// house// barn.

BTW, who builds TALL pergolas ?

That's getting pretty strange, right there.
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The clearances on roofs are because people go up on them. It has nothing to do with what a kid may do. A pergola isn't a roof. AHJ may not agree with me.
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