Accessory Buildings and Structures
(Sheds, gazebos, detached garages)
Revised: March 2007
Buildings and Structures
Detached accessory buildings/structures may be located
within the rear yard (the area behind a house for example.)
Detached accessory buildings/structures are not permitted
within the side or front yard (that area in front of a house
or directly to the side of a house, for example.)
The following regulations apply:
- Must be located at least 5 feet from the rear and
side lot lines (15 feet from a corner side lot line.)
- Must be located outside of any easement.
- Must be located at least 5 feet from the nearest
wall of the principal structure, measured from vertical
wall to vertical wall, along with a 1-hour rated fire
wall. Accessory building/structures located between 5
and 10 feet from the nearest wall of the principal
building shall be constructed so the impacted walls of
the accessory structure are to be of 1-hour fire rated
- Must be anchored.
- May not be placed on blocks / must be level with
grade of property.
- Cannot exceed 800 square feet.
- All accessory structures, total square footage,
cannot exceed 30% of the rear yard (the area behind the
house, for example.)
- Building height in residentially zoned district:
- Garage with hip or gable roof – cannot
exceed 14 feet
- Other garages and accessory buildings – cannot
exceed 12 feet.
- In no case can the accessory building/structure
exceed the height of the principal
Building permit application, filled
Plat of survey, 2 copies. Draw on the
plat of survey the location of the accessory
building/structure, including dimensions, distance to
principal building, distances to lot lines.
Plans, 2 sets. Include a wall
section, 4 elevations of building, floor plan, indicate
electrical work, wall and building height and top of
Grading plan, may be required.
- Slab/foundation, prior to pouring concrete.
- Rough frame.
- Rough electrical, if applicable.
- Building final.
- Electrical final, if applicable.