Building Permits for Sheds and Garages

 Check with your local building inspector before building or purchasing a storage shed or other structure.

Having a new shed or garage on your property is a great way to expand your storage or work space, and it's a fairly simple project that can be completed in a short amount of time. Whether you are having a pre-built structure delivered, assembling a kit yourself, or even designing and constructing your own building from the ground up, part of the process includes being aware of (and complying with) your local building codes. There is also a possibility that you will be required to obtain a building permit in order to start your project; and the best thing you can do is to learn the regulations that apply to you before making in-depth plans, and definitely before making any purchases.

Every county has different building regulations, as do villages/townships/cities; so the best way to find out the laws for your location would be to contact your local building inspector or zoning officer. If you know what you're wanting to build, you can have a few general details ready about the prospective structure:

  • Dimensions

  • Foundation Type

  • Proximity to Property Line and Existing Buildings

  • Electric or Plumbing Installations

The official should be able to provide you with all the information you need to get started, and can provide you with a building permit when you're ready to get started. Permits are usually valid for 6 months to a year (expiration varies from place to place), so don't let it sit around on your desk for too long! Get out there and see your dream come true!

Marcel Rodriguez