Accessory Buildings / Storage Sheds

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General Information

Accessory buildings include storage sheds, detached garages, gazebos, etc., or any other structure that is subordinate to the main structure on a property.

Accessory buildings that exceed 120 square feet in area require a permit. Additional restrictions are imposed on structures larger than 240 square feet in area, including the requirement for a Special Use Permit (SUP) for structures taller than 15 feet or greater than 600 square feet in area. Complete information related to accessory buildings is available on the City’s web site in Section K (3) and Section L of Article VII of the city’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance.

Plans submittal requirements

  • A copy of a site plan or Property Survey of your property with dimensions indicating the location of the accessory building on the property.
  • Plans with dimensions indicating how the structure will be constructed and anchored. These plans should include foundation plans, elevation drawings, materials used and spacing of framing members.


An inspection will be required upon completion of work.

Fees and Applications

A permit fee is required, and an application must be completed and submitted to the Building Inspection department at 1945 E. Jackson Rd. If electricity or plumbing will be installed in the accessory structure, please use the Residential Dwelling Application , so that subcontractors may be listed. Additional fees and inspections may apply. Please contact the Building Inspection department at (972) 466-3225 for additional information.

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