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Detached Accessory Structures
A detached accessory structure is a pool, shed, deck, garage, or gazebo. They are structures that have uses that are incidental to the use of the main structure located on the property. The limitations that apply to these structures are:

  • Garages or sheds that have a floor area of less than 200 square feet do not require a building permit, but must conform to the Zoning ordinance as it pertains to height and distance from property lines.
  • Garages and sheds with a roof pitch less than 4/12 may not be taller than 14 feet. Those with a roof pitch 4/12 or greater are limited to 16 feet in height, measured from the ridge to grade. They may not be installed in the front yard setback or in any easements. If they are installed within ten feet of the main structures, required setbacks from the property lines to the main building apply. If they are at least 10 feet from the main building, then they may be located no closer than five feet to the side or rear property line.
  • The total floor area of garages and sheds on lots less than two acres is 720 square feet. The floor area may be increased 200 square feet for every additional acre, over two acres, up to a total of 1520 square feet. Structures allowed more than 720 square feet of floor area require a 20 foot setback.
  • Gazebos are limited to 180 square feet of floor area and a height of 16 feet.
  • Pools may not be located in front yards and must be at least 10 feet from the property lines, measured from the property line to the waters edge. For permit and code information related to above ground and in-ground pools, please refer to our Private Swimming Pool Construction Guidebook.

For detailed information on code and permit requirements for sheds, garages and gazebos, and for pool regulations, please view our Accessory Structure Guidebook or Private Swimming Pool Construction Guidebook.

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