Accessory buildings fewer than 200 sq. feet do not require a building permit; however, there are setback requirements (required distances from property lines) and height requirements for the zone where the property is located. Most residential zones allow sheds and other accessory buildings to be built three feet inside a property line only if the structure is more than six feet away from the main dwelling, and not more than twelve feet high. Please contact the Zoning Division at (801) 852-6400 to check for your setback requirements before you build. You will also want to be aware of any current utilities or public right-of-ways before you make any changes. Contact Provo Power at (801) 852-6852 for information about utilities and right-of-ways.
Accessory buildings over 200 sq. feet require a building permit. In addition to meeting the requirements of the zone where the property is located, a set of engineered construction drawings of the proposed building should be submitted to the Community Development Department for review. Start by reviewing and meeting the requirements of the Residential Plan Review Checklist for Additions, Remodels, Basement Finishes and Accessory Structures. Please keep in mind that your plans should be drawn to professional standards and to scale. Submit your plans and Building Permit online. If you have questions or need more information, please contact the Building Division at (801) 852-6450.