Before building a backyard shed or garage, you should check if you need a permit. While the permit process may be annoying, following the rules will save you time and money. You don’t want to build a shed or garage and then have to tear it down because it isn’t up to code!
Because building codes vary in each town and state, there is no simple answer. As soon as you decide to build, check permit requirements. Knowing the requirements before talking to a builder will make the planning process go much easier.
Here are the organizations you may need to check with before buying or building:
Your local city or town: Each city and town has different requirements for what can be built. Some don’t require a permit until the shed gets to a certain size. Others require a permit for every structure built. Permits also may also limit where you can build your shed/garage or add other requirements.
Check your town or city’s website to see their requirements. If necessary, you may need to visit a municipal office to file the proper paperwork or ask questions. If you need to file an application, expect to submit both an application and supporting documentation. Dealing with the paperwork early on may be a pain, but it will make things easier in the long run.
Homeowners associations: Do you live in a neighborhood with a homeowner’s association? If you do, chances are that they have some regulations on building a shed or garage. Make sure to check with them at the beginning of your project. Even if you think you know the rules, check one more time to ensure you have the most up-to-date rules.
Historic homes: Do you own a home in a historic district? If you do, make sure to check the relevant rules prior to building a shed. Like homeowners associations, make sure to review the most up-to-date rules.
When you are planning for your new custom shed or garage, contact us. We are happy to explain your options and help you make the best decision on the perfect option for your house.