Asked by: Flossie Parthasarathy
asked in category: General Last Updated: 17th January, 2020

Do you need a permit to build a shed in California?

Per the California Residential Code, detached accessory structures that do not exceed 120 sq. ft. and do not contain plumbing, electrical, and or mechanical equipment, do not require a building permit, however a Planning Permit is required for these structures.

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Likewise, what size shed can I build without a permit in California?

One-story detached accessory buildings used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the gross floor area does not exceed 120 square feet, the height does not exceed 12 feet, and the maximum roof projection does not exceed 24 inches, are exempt from building permits.

Also, what happens if you build without a permit in California? Failure to obtain a building permit is a violation of Contractors License Law. Further, construction performed without a permit can expose a homeowner to additional liability and costs.

Furthermore, what's the biggest shed I can build without a permit?

Your shed is no larger than 20 square metres if you live in a residential area. If you live in a rural area (RU1, RU2, RU3, RU4 or RU5), your shed is no larger than 50 square metres. Your shed is at least 900mm away from each boundary.

What happens if I build a shed without a permit?

If someone were to build a shed, barn or other structure on his or her property without a building permit, the person could get slapped with a fine for not going through the proper channels. Also, if the shed is too close to a property line, the person may have to take down the shed and start all over again.

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