Do I Need A Permit To Build A Shed?

The number one question that people ask when looking into purchasing a shed is “do I need a permit to build this?” When acquiring a permit the most common misbelief is that you don’t need one if the shed is under a certain size. But that’s not necessarily the case.

Generally, you do need a permission to build a shed. And believe it or not, obtaining a construction permit is relatively easy. But there are many different factors that come into play to consider like how much is it going to cost? Or What do I need to get a permit?

Take a moment to consider this: A permit is like insurance. If something were to go wrong, you have it there to back you up. That being said, today we’re going to discuss why you need a permission to build a shed and how you can obtain one.

Do I need a permit to build a shed in my backyard?

Any outdoor structure needs a construction permit. In general, most suburban areas need more from you than rural areas. So It’s better to be safe than sorry.

What are the common requirements for sheds permit?

Common shed regulations are based on many factors. Included but not limited to size, purpose, placement, foundation, electricity, and climate. Every region has different restrictions on the common zoning syllabus.

What do I need to bring with me to get my permit?

To get a permit, you’ll need to bring a few things. You should bring a copy of your sheds plans (including the square footage, height, etc.), the application processing fee, as well as a utility bill with your address on it.

What if I build a shed on my property without a permit?

If you choose to build a shed on your property without securing a permit, you may be asking for trouble. Local authorities can move it or disassemble it completely.

What are typical zoning standards?

Zoning standards they are guidelines set for urban growth and development. Different areas of land are divided into zones in which various use are permitted. Thus requiring a purchase of a permit.

Typical regulations are considered by a number of components. Size, structure, placement, and purpose of the shed all make a difference. Check with your local city for more information.

How to go about getting a permit:

Step 1: Do Your Homework

Getting a permit can be an easy process, or it can be an extremely difficult process. The very first thing you want to do is your homework. Study your local zoning requirements for building a shed on your property. This is the part where you’ll plan out all your finances for buying a shed and getting a permission.

Step 2: Find A Shed

After you’ve done your homework, it’s time to find the perfect shed!

Step 3: Fill Out The Application

Visit your state licensing website to get an application for your building permit. Some states allow you to file the application online while some require you to send it in by mail. Be aware that your application could be approved immediately or it could take up to a week to process.

Step 4: Get Your Permit & Build Your Shed

The construction of your shed should not begin until after your permit is issued. But once it’s approved, you can begin building immediately.

Frequently asked questions:

Who handles getting the building permit?

Normally if you purchase a shed from a company, they are responsible for getting the permit. But if you buy a kit and build the shed yourself, then you may be responsible for getting the permit.

It’s important to note that not all companies provide a permit. They may provide you with resources to acquire a permit but not the permit itself.

What size shed requires a permit?

Shed are like real estate in the sense that all depends on your local zoning laws whether you need a permit. It’s crucial to check your city’s zoning requirements before purchasing a shed. Especially in regards to the sizing limitations. The size of the shed as well as the structure will determine whether you need to get a permit for it.

What size shed can I build without a permit?

As discussed above you shouldn’t get any shed without a building permit. Building a shed on your property without a permit could be cause for the destruction of property.

How much does it cost to get a building permit for a shed?

A permit can cost anywhere from $400 to $2,500. There are various factors to take into account. Such as your city requirements as well as the structure itself.

How long does it take to get a permit?

It could take a week, or it could take a month. It all depends on how well you’ve prepared for the application process. Do you have a copy of your sheds plans? Is all the information they need clear and concise?

Do different States have different requirements?

Yes, different states and different cities have different requirements for obtaining building permits.

Will getting a permit raise my property taxes?

In some locations, adding a shed to your property will result in a new tax bracket. Although this is not true for all locations, it’s good to know your taxes may go up. You can ask your local tax department for more information.


The bottom line here is that you need a permit to build a shed. But the most important thing here is that you check with your local authorities first. Make sure you understand your zoning regulations, fees, and other requirements.

As you can see getting a permit is easy. Check with your local authorities, find a shed, and fill out an application. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “Do I Need A Permit To Build A Shed?”

  1. my neighbour is putting together a metal shed that extends above and immediately next to my 6 1/2 patio fence. Is this permitted by Ottawa, Ontario, by-laws.


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