Do You Need Building Permits for Sheds?

Getting a storage shed for your backyard is relatively easy. Even though a shed may only take up 200 to 800 cubic feet of space, many regions require a building permit for any outdoor structure that is above a certain height. While not all regions require a building permit, you need to continue reading in case your local region requires a building permit for sheds.

In most regions installing a 6×8 or 8×8 shed would meet most building code requirements. However, installing garage sized sheds (16×24 or 16×20) may challenge local zoning restrictions. It’s the homeowner’s responsibility to obtain a building permit prior to installation! Each county has different building codes so it is important for you to make sure you get accurate information. If your shed is found to be in violation of building codes after it is installed, it will have to be moved or removed which can be an unnecessary cost.

Will My Storage Shed Meet the Building Code Requirements to Obtain a Permit?

building permits for storage shedsEach counties building codes varies. Here are a few aspects you need to be aware of that may determine whether your outdoor building will meet the building requirements for your region.

Most Common Zoning Restrictions in Place in the US:

  • 1. Size: Many areas restrict large buildings. Such as 16×24 sheds and 16×20.
  • 2. Purpose: Some areas restrict the amount of levels inside a building. For example, if you decide to establish your business using your shed as a workplace, you will need to let your building inspector know.
  • 3. Electricity: Some regions place restrictions on any electrical equipment and wiring inside your shed.
  • 4. Placement: Many regions will restrict sheds to be installed in backyards only. In addition, some areas require that sheds cannot take up more than twenty percent of backyards.
  • 5. Severe Weather: Regions with frequent hurricanes and tornadoes will require all storage buildings to be anchored to the ground to withstand heavy winds and storms. In addition, regions below the  freezing point will require exact methods for building foundations.
  • 6. Attachments: Many regions may restrict whether buildings are attached to homes or garages.
  • 7. Type of Foundation: Some regions will restrict the type of foundation. Read our article on how to prepare the ground for a shed.
  • building codes for sheds8. Away from fences and other objects: Some areas will require sheds to be a specific distance from objects such as trees, fences, property lines and pools.

Local Building Inspectors can Get you Building Permits for Sheds

Shed Liquidators requires building permits for all installations. Check to make sure your building permit is up to date. Just call your county or city building codes department to get a building permit for your shed. Leave the rest to us.

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30 Responses to Do You Need Building Permits for Sheds?

    • Mr Storage Shed says:

      Hi Rosie,

      That’s a great question. Each county has different building restrictions. I would contact your local building inspector to determine the building codes for your area. Good luck!

  1. Iris Carballo says:

    Im trying to installed a 8×12 storage shed ..I live in queens ny I dont know where to find out if I need a permit. Can someone help me with this..

    • Mr Storage Shed says:

      Good Afternoon Iris,

      Thank you for visiting our blog. Permits vary for each location. Our office is out of Monroe, Michigan so I have no way of determining your counties building requirements. Try contacting a local building authority. They should be able to help you. Have a great day!

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  3. Keri says:

    He6 i built a 15×8 storage shed in my moms back yard cause her landlord said i could now the city is making me tare it down cause its not up to building code what does that mean and what can i do to be able to keep it up

  4. Mr Storage Shed says:

    Each county has specific rules for building and structures – even pools. For example, some counties restrict buildings that are 10ft. or taller… We don’t handle permits directly, so we can’t really help in this case. I wish you the best of luck!

  5. David Patterson says:

    I live in AZ and want to build a shed that is 12 x 24, i understand that anything over 12 x 16 requires a permit, so what all is involved if i go bigger, other then obtaining the permit, does it have to be inspected?
    do i have to supply plans? this will be a home depot shed kit that needs to be assembled on site……

  6. Pat Ockel says:

    My zip code is 92040 in a senior mobilehome park and evidently in a fire zone. I’d like to use SunTuf panels as part of the roof and over hang on what would be a 10′ x 10′ shed including a two foot overhang of the SunTuf. Would this be against any code? Any code information would be apreciated.


    • Mr Storage Shed says:

      Good Morning Pat,

      Shed building codes vary by each county so we can’t really tell you if it would meet HOA code. Try calling your local HOA or building inspector and they should be able to help you determine if your shed meets HOA requirements. Have a great day!

    • Mr Storage Shed says:

      Good Morning Joe,

      Our corporate office is out of Monroe, Michigan and we do not know every counties building codes. Please check with your local HOA or building inspector to see what the building restrictions are.

  7. Sutton Turner says:

    I am glad you mentioned that the size of the project can determine whether you need a construction permit or not. My dad is building a shed in our backyard and wants to make it more of a studio. Thanks for the information on when you need a building permit on shed construction.

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    • Mr Storage Shed says:

      Good Morning Thomas,
      Unfortunately, our sheds on this site do not meet Florida’s strict building codes. However, we do have another site that offers premium sheds that exceed Florida building codes. Check out our sheds that meet Florida code here. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Have a great day!

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  10. BLAKE Bean says:

    I live in Hanson Ma and started building an addition to the already 12×10 shed but I didn’t pull a permit – neighbors say they don’t have an issue with – but they’ve done all kinds of work on their properties such as new sheds installing windows and replace shingles without permits -so on the safe side should pull one

  11. Ganga Chhetri says:

    I live north Chili ny 14514
    I want to make 12*8 shed do I need permit for that I don’t have idea please can help me

  12. Kesha jones says:

    I purchased a pre-made shed and had it installed in my backyard. I did not get a permit for it, can you tell me what is the reason for the permit and if they see the shed and make me purchase a permit, will I have to pay on the permit yearly or is it a one time bill?

    • Mr Storage Shed says:

      Good Afternoon Kesha,
      Thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, we work out of Monroe, MI and all building permits for sheds vary for each county. Call your local building inspector to get more information on permits. Some counties are more strict than others. Best of luck!


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