Accessory Buildings and Sheds Dos and Don’ts

Accessory building: A building, subordinate to and located on the same lot with a main building, the use of which is clearly incidental to that of the main building or to the use of the land, and which is not attached by any part of a common wall or common roof to the main building.

Accessory building requirements: An accessory building on a residential lot must be located in the rear yard. Except for a building accessory to an agricultural use, the footprint of an accessory building on a lot where the main building is a one-family detached residential dwelling must not exceed 50 percent of the footprint of the main building. Additional setbacks are required if length of the building along a rear or side lot line has a linear dimension greater than 24 feet, then the side or rear setback is increased 2 feet of additional setback for every 2 feet that the building dimension exceeds 24 feet. This does not apply to swimming pools. Accessory Setbacks can be found on the Development Standards page.

Building: A structure having one or more stories and a roof, designed primarily for the shelter, support or enclosure of persons, animals or property of any kind.

An accessory building includes but is not limited to: Detached garages, sheds, barns, portable storage containers and sea containers.

For simplicity, the terms shed and accessory building are interchangeable.

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