Know your local codes for sheds
Before you get started choosing a storage building, there are a few things you should research. Some states, counties, cities, and neighborhoods have rules and regulations regarding the types of buildings, and the placement of buildings within their jurisdictions. It is important to know what these are at the very start of this process. You wouldn’t want to do all the work of planning and buying only to find out that the building you bought, or the place you where you put it, violates local laws or ordinances.
Home owner associations and sheds
Some home owners associations have outdated rules about the types of materials that can be used for storage buildings inside their communities. This restriction usually requires wood storage buildings as opposed to steel buildings. We feel that this is an outdated rule. The point of contention is rusty sheet metal. Most painted steel used for storage buildings today is galvanized, and coated with a paint and a process that guarantees 20 years or more against rust through. If your HOA has this regulation, you will probably have to live with it.
Some communities have regulations concerning the height of the buildings, restricting the height to a level near the height of the fencing. Many manufacturers market buildings specifically built to target such markets.
There are other considerations, such as access for emergency equipment, and power line positions, which may have an effect on the placement of the building.
We suggest calling or emailing all local governing agencies including your county, parish, city, or home owners association before choosing your building.
Please let us know about the rules and regulations concerning storage buildings in your area. We would love to have you share your information with our readers in the comments on this page.