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How to Get a Building Permit for a Shed

Getting a storage shed for your backyard can be exciting. It’s like buying a small house, only most people do not live in a shed. Even though a shed may only take up 300 to 700 cubic feet of space, many areas require a building permit prior to the installation. Not all areas require a building permit, however you need to read this article in case your area requires a building permit for sheds.

building permit for a shedIn most areas installing an 8×8 or 6×8 shed would meet most building code requirements. However, installing larger sheds may challenge local zoning restrictions. Before we go on, it’s important to contact your local building inspector to see if your storage building is up to code. It is up to the homeowner to obtain a building permit prior to installation! Each county has different building codes so it is crucial for you to make sure you get accurate information. If a shed is installed on your property and is then found to be in violation of local building codes, it will have to be removed which can be an unnecessary additional cost.

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

As previously mentioned, each counties building codes varies. Here are a few aspects you need to be aware of that may determine whether your shed will meet the building requirements for your area.

Most Common Zoning Restrictions:

1. Electricity: Many areas place restrictions on adding electrical wiring inside a shed.

2. Size: Many areas restrict larger sized buildings.

3. Extreme Weather: Some areas that experience frequent hurricanes and tornadoes will require all storage buildings to be anchored to the ground to withstand heavy winds. In addition, areas below freezing point will require specific methods for building foundations.

4. Placement: Many areas will only allow sheds to be installed in backyards. In addition some areas mandate that sheds cannot occupy more than 20% of the backyard area.

5. Purpose: Some areas may restrict the amount of “stories” inside a shed. Sheds should have a principle use. For example, if you plan on doing business or using your shed as a workplace, you will need to let your building inspector know.

6. Attachments: Many areas may restrict whether storage buildings are attached to homes.

foundations for building codes7. Type of Foundation: Some areas will restrict the type of foundation used.

8. Away from fences and other objects: Some areas will require sheds to be a certain distance from objects such as fences, trees, property lines and pools.

How to Get a Building Permit for My Shed

Building permits are required by our shed installers. Make sure your building permit is up to date. To avoid wasting time and money, call your county or city building codes department to get a building permit for your shed.

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  1. nancy says:

    I’m interested in 8×10 solar building.I live in Houston within harris county.Would it be possible if the store locator in Houston can check about building permit for this size of the shed.

    • bdeitsch says:

      Hi Nancy,

      That is a great question. Building codes can vary from neighborhood to neighborhood. For instance, a 10×16 building might meet building code requirements in a town, but no more than 5 miles down the road, it may not meet the requirements. It is in your best interest to contact the local building inspector directly. The Harris County Building permit Office in Houston, Texas should be able to help you. Click here to visit the site. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

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