Permit Requirements for Sheds Vary by LocationIn most areas, you generally do not need a building permit for a small shed, such as a 6×8 or an 8×10. However, larger storage buildings may challenge local zoning restrictions. Many areas will only allow sheds to be installed in backyards. In addition, some areas mandate that the shed footprint can’t exceed a certain percentage of the lot size. If you install a shed that is in violation of your local building code, you will likely be faced with a penalty and the cost of relocation or removal. Here are some instances when a permit may be required for a shed.
- Electricity. If you want to wire your shed for electricity, you will probably need a permit.
- Intended use. If you plan on using your shed to conduct business or as a living space, you will need to let the local zoning department know so the structure can be properly permitted and inspected.
- Placement. Some local codes mandate how close a shed can be to fences, trees, property lines and other buildings. Some areas do not allow a shed to be attached to a home.
- Size. You may face size and height restrictions on a shed. You may also be required to use a certain type of shed foundation.
- Homeowners associations. Your local neighborhood may have its own regulations about outdoor buildings. If you live in an HOA-regulated home, be sure to verify community rules and covenants.