left shadow
right shadow

Permitting Steps for a Detached Residential Accessory Building

To Obtain a Permit:
The minimum information needed to complete an application for an Accessory Building Permit:
1.  Project Address.
2.  Property owner's name.
3.  Tax Parcel # (may be obtained from the tax office, if not on file).
4.  Total contract cost.
5.  Contractor, phone #.
6.  Full description of work to be done.
7.  Plot plan showing dimensions of accessory building and size of primary structure .
8.  Building not exceeding 12' in any dimension are exempt but must be anchored.

 What Is the Cost of the Permit?
Total cost $0.10 per square foot (minimum of $35.00).
Other trades are $35.00 each.

Can I Get the Permit the Same Day?
Generally, yes.  The application must be reviewed/approved by the Zoning Department before a permit can be issued.

When Do I Need to Call for an Inspection?
This needs to be coordinated with the inspector at the time the permit is issued.

I Live Outside the City Limit, Do I Need a Permit?
Yes, as a minimum the Zoning Department will need to review your project for compliance.

Will I Need a Plot Plan?
Yes, showing all existing and/or proposed structures, including distances from the property lines.  A copy of a survey map or a hand drawn copy to scale will be accepted.

CAMA Permits Required?
If the project is located in the Area of Environmental Concern, with 75' of a water body, a CAMA Permit will be required.

Is a Licensed Contractor Required?
If the total project cost is $30,000 or more then a General Contractor's License is required.  All other trades are required to be licensed.

Are Flood Gates Required?
Yes, if located within the A-Zone (100-year flood area) gates or dampers must be installed.

What Is a Certificate of Appropriateness?
If you plan to locate an Accessory Building within the Historic District, contact the Historic Planner for a COA.

Can I Locate a Wooden Structure in the Downtown Primary Fire District?
No, wooden structures are not allowed within the Primary Fire District.