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Do I Need a Building Permit for My New Shed?

by Dakota Storage Buildings, on September 18, 2015


Do I Need a Building Permit for My New Shed?

The short answer is “maybe,” and since we don’t want our customers running into trouble throughout the shed buying process, this post will go into some details in regards to building permits.

Always Check

When you are getting ready to order your new storage building, you should always check on the zoning codes for your particular area. Each city has slightly different regulations, and it is always better to find out the specifics upfront and avoid difficulties down the road.


Some areas may have restrictions on size, color, or even style. While other areas are more lax and don’t require a building permit for smaller sheds. Because regulations vary so much, you will need to check with your local government, but we have a few tips to help you through the process... 


Where Do I Start?

The first step in this process is finding out zoning codes for your particular city or town. This information is often on your town’s website along with information about how to pull a permit in your particular area.

Example: If you type: “Zoning, Milbank SDinto your search engine, one of the first websites to come up is: Most towns have similar pages set up for the convenience of their residents, and they try to make it as simple as possible.


If you do not have internet access or cannot find the information that you need, you can call the town hall or local municipality to get started. They will be able to help you with the necessary permits and permissions and inform you of any possible fees.


When Do I Need the Permit?

If your town requires a permit, you will need to acquire that permit before you order a building from Dakota Storage. However, in order to apply for a permit, you will need the building specifications such as style, size, color, and placement so you will need to have decided which storage building you are going to buy.


The permit should be verified before a deposit is made and a sales agreement is signed. We are not able to refund deposits after a building is contracted, and we would hate for your town to refuse a certain type of building for your property after the fact. This is why we ask you to check with your local municipalities before calling us to order your building.


If you have any questions about the building permit process or anything else, feel free to give us a call!

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