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Residential Accessory Structures
Obtaining a Building Permit
Accessory structures are small utility buildings and structures associated with a residential parcel. They include but are not limited to:
Accessory structures exempt from building permits:
If the accessory structure, with the exception of the guest house, is single story, detached, less than 120 square feet of floor area as measured from outside face of framing, has no electrical or plumbing installed, and used as a tool or storage shed, playhouse, and similar uses, it is exempt from a required permit. California Building Code §R105.2
If a deck does not exceed 30 inches above grade at any point, is not attached to a dwelling, less than 200 square feet in area, and does not serve the exit door required by Section R311.4 of the residential code, it is exempt from requiring a permit.
Accessory structures located in the Tahoe Basin:
If the accessory structure is located within the Tahoe Basin, a permit will be required to facilitate the review of
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) requirements for the proposed structure.
Other structures exempt from permits include:
Plan Review Guidelines
Building Services will not accept an Application for a Residential Building Permit unless the Minimum Criteria listed below are met. Use the following as a guideline for your submittal.
Submit two complete sets of plans that include the following, PLUS one additional floor plan:
Please note: one additional floor plan is needed for the county Assessor's Office before permit issuance.
An application missing any items will be deemed incomplete and the plan check will not be scheduled until all the items indicated are received by Building Services. This may affect application fees and codes since the operative date of application will be the date on which a complete application is received.
CHECK OUR PLAN REVIEW GUIDELINES FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE PLAN CHECK PROCESS. The guideline, while not all-inclusive, is intended to help you prepare residential plans that are essentially "complete".
Exemption from the permit requirement of the codes does not grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of the codes or county ordinances.