Adding outbuildings and sheds can increase your property values and add much-needed space and efficiency. When adding a building to your property, you need to be aware of your local guidelines.
The best thing to do is to check with your local permit office for details on what buildings require permits and which buildings may be exempt. Often, a building under 100 sq.ft. without a permanent foundation will not need a building permit. But still ensure you are familiar with local regulations regarding size limits and setbacks.
Permits are normally set by the provincial building code, but enforced by municipalities. The reason for the permit process is to ensure that zoning requirements for the town or city are met and that safety and fire codes are also met. Zoning regulations can usually be found in the town or cities zoning by-laws. Municipalities and towns may add specific zoning requirements for their area.
The realtor’s mantra of location, location, location applies to these buildings. They cannot impact septic tanks, property lines, easements, utility lines, water, or drainage systems. Some places may also have rules regarding placement in relation to public roads or separation from the home. Areas with a building scheme may also have conditions on the type, size and location of storage building placement. Some subdivisions may not even allow the construction of sheds so it is best to do your homework to make sure you are a good neighbour.
If a building permit is required, you may be required to provide a diagram illustrating the location of the proposed building. Included will be the location of existing structures, water lines, power lines, septic tanks, and property lines. Again, your local permit office will be the best place to start.
When constructing a larger storage building, shop or garage, construction plans are required to obtain building and development permits, which may include:
- A plan illustrating the dimensions of the proposed building
- Cross-section building plan showing the material used for the roof, walls, and floor.
Depending on where you live and the complexity of the building (structural, electrical, plumbing) you may require an inspection or inspections be conducted by the building inspection department. You can also avoid headaches and frustration by allowing plenty of time for the issuance of your permit and required inspections.
Knowing the steps to securing a permit will make the process of adding storage or workspace will make the process much quicker and easier.
Drummond House Plans has a great variety of sheds, garages, and even garages with bonus space above. At Drummond, we can be customized sheds and outbuildings to complement your home by echoing the architectural elements or simplify the look to blend into the background.