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Unread 11-10-2008, 05:02 PM
 
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Default Shed size allowable?

Let's say one wanted to build a small shed one one's land. What's the maximum allowable square footage in the Los Angeles area without getting a planning permission? Any height restrictions?

Thanks.
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Unread 11-10-2008, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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The maximum dimensions of a storage shed that are allowed without a permit varies depending on the jurisdiction. Factors to consider include a) what you will use it for, i.e. a simple place to store the lawnmower vs. a workshop with electrical and plumbing, b) the construction of the structure, i.e. wood, metal, prefabricated, foundation, etc., and c) whether you are in an industrial, commercial, or residential zone.

The simple thing to do would be to contact your local jurisdiction and ask. Remember - the Planning Department may not have any issues with your proposal but the Building and Safety Department will (or vice versa). Make sure you check with both departments. When looking, sometimes both departments fall under Community Development so look there if you don't find either one right away. Also, sometimes Planning and Building/Safety are the same department.
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Unread 11-10-2008, 10:42 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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Im pretty sure that if you build ANY structure that is NOT portable (i.e., has footings or foundation cemented into the ground) you will need to have a permit for it. If you get one of those sheds from Home Depot then no permit is required because it is built on top of ground. Why dont you just do that as they have huge walk in sheds?
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Unread 11-11-2008, 06:44 AM
 
Location: South Pasadena
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I think max shed size is 120SF or 10' x 12'. There was an article in LA Times several months ago about back yard sheds and the ways people fix them up and use them differently. Try asking one of the makers of prefab shed about this, like TuffShed that they sell at Home Depot.
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Unread 11-11-2008, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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It depends if you are planning on renting it out as a guest house or not.
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Unread 11-11-2008, 05:18 PM
 
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It depends if you are planning on renting it out as a guest house or not.
LOL, not unless it's for a family of midgets!
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Unread 09-09-2010, 07:21 PM
 
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http://www.bellflower.org/docs/guide...ng_permits.pdf

This is a guide to permits in Los Angeles and exemptions.

2002 Los Angeles County Building Code / B.M.C. Section 107.1

A building permit shall not be required for:
4. One-story detached accessory building use as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet.
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Unread 05-16-2012, 05:57 PM
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Location: Santa Monica, CA
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Thanks for the information that was posted about Bellflower. I doubt that Santa Monica or Topanga would have much different rules, (although Santa Monica may) But then again, who can afford land in Santa Monica these days anyway! Thanks for this great information...
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