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Annabelle's…, Both Buyer and Seller in 95826

I am considering building a wood storage / tool shed in my back yard.

Asked by Annabelle's Dad, 95826 Wed Dec 29, 2010

my proposed structure would have three walls with one ope side. i would like to build to the maximum height and square footage allowable limits. but, i am unsre what is allowed. Also unsure about what foundation is required when the max square footage is concerned. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Talk with your city building department, you will want to do this anyway to get permits and make sure your in the clear.
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Most towns require that you apply for a building permit before building any structure on your land including a storage shed. You will need to go to your local building dept & apply for a permit. they will want to see a diagram & specifications on it & see where you plan to build it before you get the okay to go forth..
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As well as finding the allowed dimensions of the structure you may also want to consider buying a pre-made structure. Another important consideration is the material, i would suggest aluminum, maintenance on aluminum than wood. Cleaning and recovering the exterior will also be easier and cheaper in the long run.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 30, 2010
Anabelle's Dad: Here's the link you need to find the information you want. You can call or visit the department also. They are there to help and of course collect fees and add taxes to your property when the building is complete! http://www.cityofsacramento.org/dsd/

But doing everything proper will assure you can add the value to your property when it is time to sell. Un-permitted buildings are actually a problem when you want to sell your property!
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Residential zoning is based on density which limits the number of dwelling units allowed per acre of land. You would need to check with your local Zoning and Building Department. It could be by county or city depending on where you live. Usually any building structure requires a permit and some will require an architect to draw up the plan.
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The task of going to the building department is really not as scary as you might imagine. I have been to different building departments in various counties and have always found them to be willing to help. Go in with a good attitude and I bet you'll find a helpful clerk. You are just building a simple structure not intended as living quarters. I like Ted's idea of asking at Tuff Shed as they'd know exactly what you need and what to expect. I noticed that the link that I mentioned in my prior post did not get attached. So I'll try again.
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Ute Ferdig -…, Real Estate Pro in Newcastle, CA
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Yes, Lynn is right. You will need to contact your city to discover code requirements for your area and if a permit is needed. Also, if your home is in a community with CC&R's you may want to look there for additional guidelines. Some communities require homeowners to ask for permission from the HOA (Home Owners Association). Good Luck!
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All of the prior answers are right on... you need to talk to the City which can be quite a task indeed. One thing you might consider prior to the fun of bureaucratic confusion is to go to a place that sells these things. Tough Shed is one such company that comes to mind. Ask them questions since they will be experts in that field. You might even find that after all you learn it could make more sense just to buy one... Anyway they certainly will know what the local oridinances are regarding storage sheds in your area.
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You need confer with city determine if you can build a structure you could be in violation of city code fines are steep AND they could enforce you tear it down.

Virtual opinion not your best interest contact a contractor who performs that type of service

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Hi Annabelle's dad. Not sure if your structure would be considered a storage shed since it's not completely enclosed, but the only reliable way to find out what is required and what your limitations are is by inquiring with the building department (city or county, not sure which one has jurisdiction over your property). Below is a link to the city building department which shows what you might expect. It's not meant as an definite answer to your question, just a point of reference.
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Ute Ferdig -…, Real Estate Pro in Newcastle, CA
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Annabelle's dad,

Before coming into real estate, I worked for quite a while in construction, believe it or not, for a general contractor!

Depending on whether you live in the city or county, You want to contact either the city planning dept at 300 Richards Boulevard, 3rd Floor (permits counter) or call them at (916) 264-5011or the county planning at 827 7th Street 225 - Second floor (public counter/applications) 916-874-6221.

They are very helpful and friendly and can probably even refer you to simple plans for your structure. You will need to have those before you can proceed with attaining a permit to build, which you may need. Especially if there is electrical involved (which would make for great resale).

My best to you!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 29, 2010
As others have said it is best to go to the city (if you live in the city limits) or county planning department ( now called Community Development Dept in some areas) You may also want to check with your HOA & CCR's if you live in an area that has one, some restrict the structures in backyards too.
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You would be asking this of the city of Sacramento, not the county. Anna is right. Contact the building department for any code compliance issues and whether a permit is required. It's normally faster to go down and ask rather than try to get them on the phone. The more details you have the better for them to give you an answer.

I'm guessing that the restriction might be in how close you are to the edge of your property in building the structure. this doesn't sound like a structure that would be habitable so you'd have less restrictions.
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Consider contacting your local building's department for any possible required permits and local codes--
http://www.cityofsacramento.org/dsd/building/
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