May my deck come in contact with the ground?
It may, but it is discouraged. If it must, then treated lumber rated for ground contact is mandatory. The deck must still be structurally supported by girders, posts, and piers and not by the ground it contacts.

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1. Why must the footing be in the ground a minimum of 42 inches?
2. Why can't the 4 by 4 support post be sunk into the concrete when the pier is poured?
3. Why is there a maximum spacing of the decking boards of 1/4 inch?
4. When is a railing required around a deck?
5. May my deck come in contact with the ground?
6. I bought my deck as a kit from the lumberyard. The Building Department says it won't meet the code. Why?
7. Will the Community Development Department accept beam, joist, and decking spans that are inconsistent with the generally accepted span tables?
8. Can I use landscape fabric under my deck instead of 6-millimeter Visqueen?
9. What is the code for residential stairs?
10. What is the code for guardrails?
11. What is the code for a handrail?