Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I want to build a shed, do I need a permit?


I want to build a small outbuilding (shed), but my friends and neighbours are telling me that I will need a permit, is that true? Is there a size that doesn’t require a permit?


You need a permit if your outbuilding is going to be larger than 100 sqft.  If you were to build a shed that was 10ft by 10ft you would not need a permit. If you built a shed that was 10ft by 12ft then you would need a permit.

If you get into a permit situation then you will end up having to summit drawings, a site plan and pay the township a fee for all of this.

Something that you should take into consideration when you are planning your outbuilding is 100 sqft big enough for your needs? You do not want to go through the whole process of getting a permit and paying all your fees and then have a half empty building. If you just looking to store some garden tools and fertilizer then 100 sqft should be plenty.

Make sure that you keep the proper distance from your neighbour’s property line when you position the outbuilding. To find out the regulations on this all you have to do is call your local building department and ask them. This will not cost you anything and as long as you keep the building under or at 100 sqft then the township will not give you a problem.

Thanks for the question, keep them coming.

Rob Abbott
Operations Manager
Village Builders Inc.

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