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Taking into Account Local Ordinances and Building Codes when Purchasing a Portable Garage

Portable GarageSetting up a portable garage for residential use is a less expensive and versatile storage alternative to building a brick and mortar garage. Even though a portable garage is a temporary structure, some local ordinances may consider them permanent. Before building a portable garage on a property, it is important to learn about the local ordinances and building codes to avoid any fines.

The local ordinances and building codes vary for every city and town. It is important to contact the local zoning office, most likely located at the town hall, to find out what the codes are and if a building permit is required. Here are some questions that should be asked at the zoning office:

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  • Does a carport count as a permanent structure only if you have to put it in the ground?
  • Is it not a permanent structure if you do not cement it into the ground and is taken down for part of the year? (Important question if portable garage will be used for seasonal storage)
  • What dimensions are allowed?
  • Where on my property is a portable garage allowed?
  • Is an inspection needed?

Since every zoning office will have different rules and regulations, it is important to find out what is allowed in a particular area. Here is one example of some ordinances and building codes that apply to portable garages in Hot Springs, South Dakota:

  • Nearly all portable structures require a building permit. An application must be filled out with the building plans for the portable garage. Pop-up canopies usually do not require a building permit.
  • A portable garage must be 25 feet from the street, 8 feet from the house, and five feet from the property line.
  • A portable garage CANNOT be placed in the front yard.
  • A portable structure may only take up 30 percent of a lot's area.
  • If the portable garage has two enclosed walls, there are different building codes that require it to be anchored into the ground.

Every town will have its own ordinances and building codes. It is safe to say some rules may be similar to those above, but it is always important to check with the local zoning office. By asking the questions above and finding out the local codes, fines can be avoided.

 

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