When you purchase a shed, it’s important to know that it is up to the homeowner to arrange for the building permit, no matter if you’re installing it yourself or having someone else install the shed. If you plan on making any additions to your home or property, this is important information to know. If you don’t follow the proper steps, hefty fines can be placed upon you, as the homeowner, or even the removal of your shed, which can be costly and unnecessary.
How to Get A Building Permit for Sheds
Some areas require a building permit for sheds, some don’t. It often depends on the size of the shed. A standard 6 x 8 or 8 X 6 shed shed will typically meet most building code requirements.
If you are getting the permit yourself, the best way to start this process is to check with your local public works department or a building inspector.
Some installers will get the permit for you. Make sure they are licensed and bonded. If so, they should know all the proper procedures.
If you are DIY, check for zoning requirements on:
Size: There may be size restrictions. If you are thinking of installing a larger than average shed, carefully research this with your city or county.
Electricity: There may be restrictions on the addition of electrical wiring in your backyard shed.
Extreme weather: If you live in an area with frequent tornadoes and/or hurricanes you may be required to install additional anchoring in order to withstand heavy winds. Places with extreme cold weather may place requirements on foundation work.
Placement: Some areas allow sheds to occupy a certain percentage of your yard. Some areas may have backyard only requirements for sheds.
Purpose: Sheds should have a principle use. Any out-of-ordinary uses should be noted when applying for your permit. For example, if you plan to do business out of it or using it as a workplace. Also, some areas have restrictions on number of stories in the building.
Attachments: Sheds may or may not be allowed to be attached to the home.
Foundation: Some areas require specific types of foundations.
Distance from other objects: Sheds will often be required to be a certain distance away from fences, trees, property lines, pools or other stationary objects in your yard.
Once you’ve checked for exceptions and minimum requirements, it should be a simple enough process. There is usually a permit fee and application. Check on the amount of time it will take to process your permit before scheduling an installation date.
Although it’s rare, pending city legislation can sometimes affect construction projects. Before you start any major projects on your home, double check with your city to ensure that your project won’t get held up waiting for city council to vote. City ordinances can affect your construction projects.
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Here at Shed Liquidators, we provide professional shed installation services for sheds. (We don’t do the permits.) 😉