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Old 10-16-2012, 12:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Hi my name is Phil and I live in SanAntonio and I am trying to put a 12x16 shed in my back yard. I know I need a permit and I have already gone to the permit office and purchased my permit. On the top of my permit they put a big red stamp that says must comply with UDC (Unified development code) and IRC (International residential code). They also give you a paper with contact info to schedule an inspector to come out after each step of the build is done. I am just wondering if there is any one here that has gone through this. I have talked to 4 different shed builders in the area and haven’t gotten a straight answer from any of them as to (Does your shed comply to the SanAntonio building codes). I really have know idea as to what the inspector is going to look for when I call one out. That is why I am trying to get info from some one who has been trough the process. I thought I could just go on a lot full of sheds say ill take that one and have it delivered and live happily ever after.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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I did what you thought you could do. Looked at a lot full of sheds, bought one, they delivered and put it up. No problem. No permit and no one to tell me how it needs to be done. I've been happy ever since.
Who said you need a permit? If it's HOA, get thier rules and regs and see what it says. An HOA has no authority on building codes unless they are incorprated into thier own rules and regs.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:22 PM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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Direct from Muni Codes..

(e)
Work exempt from permit. Exemptions from permit requirements of this chapter shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this chapter or any other laws or ordinances of the city. Permits shall not be required for the following:
Building:
(1) One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed one hundred twenty (120) square feet (11 m2).

If you're doing a 12 x 16, then you're at 192sqft. Might want to scale down just a bit.
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:21 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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If you live in a neighborhood with a Home Owner's Association then run it by your HOA's Architectural Committee and they'll say yes, that's all you need.

I used to be on the board of my old HOA and we would approve it as long as the homeowner didn't already have a shed (no joke, some people would have multiple sheds in their yards, like their backyard was a "used shed lot").
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Texas
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This is one of those "you shouldn't have" kinda things. In regards to UDC, you cannot change or cause any water runoff issues with the new shed. The structure must conform to the neighborhood, such as the siding should be representative of that used in the area. Otherwise, the folks downtown have a sense of humor sometimes. But the hard part is now they are calling out that it conform to IRC specifications and a lot of the shed aren't even close. The floor system will have to be rated for the design load as well as the roof. So this isn't a case of buying the cheapest deal out there and all is well. The floor system will most likely be something along the lines of 2x 6 12s at 16" centers with 3/4 T&G ply on top, glued and screwed. It'll have to have a double 2x 8 ribbon for rack control on the ends of the 2x 6's. You'll have to provide some support under the floor system like concrete pads every 6 foot on the 2x 8 ribbon. The roof will have to either have engineered trusses or you'll be looking at 2x 6 rafters and ceiling joists. Once framed, roofed, and all tie downs made and all bracing in place, you'll need the inspector to sign off on it. Then you can install the siding and trim. Or basically what they told you is that as far as they are concerned it might as well be a room addition and a structural component of the home even though it's not attached.
Now comes the hard part, buying the right shed. Make sure the morons you buy from have a clue about what is required.....best of luck with that too. Make it a part of the contract that they are responsible for building it to IRC specs. Most won't have a clue what you're talking about so expect to talk with a lot of shed builders.
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:18 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Thanks for the info TrapperL thats what i was trying to find out.
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