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September 5, 2023

Navigating the Permit Puzzle: Your Guide to Shed Permits

Planning to add a shed to your property? That's fantastic! But before you roll up your sleeves, it's crucial to understand the puzzle of permits. Let's break it down, step by step.

1. To Permit or Not to Permit? That's the Question

First things first, do you even need a permit? The answer varies, but it usually depends on the size of your shed and where you live. If your shed is small you might be in the clear. But always check with your local authorities to be sure. If you are outside of city limits and no HOA more likely you are good.

2. Location, Location, Location

Are you outside or inside city limits? That makes a difference. In some rural areas, shed permits might not be as strict. However, within city limits, there are often stricter regulations. If you are within the city limits always check with your local city or county offices.

3. HOA?

If you live in a neighborhood with a Homeowners Association (HOA), brace yourself. HOAs often have rules about the size, style, and placement of sheds. So, even if you don't need a city permit, you might need their approval. Most of the time they want your shed to match the house and or not be visible from the road to keep the neighborhood as clean and pretty as possible.

4. Size Matters... and So Does Height

The size of your shed matters. Most places have rules about how big a shed can be before it requires a permit. And don't forget about height! Some areas have restrictions on how tall your shed can be.

5. Why Bother with Permits?

You might be tempted to skip the permit process, but think twice. Getting a permit ensures your shed is safe and up to code. Plus, if you don't get one when you should, you could face fines, forced removal, or even trouble when selling your home.

In a nutshell, navigating the permit process might seem like a maze, but it's worth it to enjoy your shed hassle-free. Check with your local authorities, understand your HOA rules, and make sure your shed complies with size and height regulations. It might take a bit of effort upfront, but it's the key to a smooth shed journey. Happy building! 🏗️📜

Always have in mind that us at Eagle Ridge Barn Builders we are always ready to customize and help in what we can making sure your new shed is built according to what the permit requires. Share with us what they require and we will do our best to help you!