It depends on the size of your lot. Additionally, standards vary from zoning district to zoning district. Standards that apply to all residential zoning districts include the following:
- Shall only be located on a lot where there is an existing primary structure (residence).
- Shall only be located in the rear yard. Special standards apply to corner lots.
- Shall be setback a minimum of 6 feet from any lot line and shall not be placed closer than 10 feet to any building on the same lot.
- Structures that are at least 200 square, but less than 600 square feet, in size shall be securely attached to a foundation, footing, or concrete slab.
- Structures that are more than 600 square feet in size shall be securely attached to a frost-free footing meeting building code requirements.
- Shall not be constructed of cloth, canvas, plastic film, nylon, or similar pliable material. The portable garages (sometimes referred to as car canopies or temporary carports) that are sold at the home improvement stores are not permitted.
The number, size, and height of the garage or storage shed that may be constructed must meet specifications. Contact the planning and zoning department for specifications.
A zoning permit, and in some instances a building permit, is required before you begin construction. In order to secure a permit a plot plan (sketch) illustrating your property and the location where the garage or shed is to be constructed must be submitted. The plot plan should also illustrate the size and setbacks of the existing buildings on the property. A sketch of the garage or shed to be constructed must also be submitted. More detailed construction plans may be necessary if a building permit is required.