Before your shed is constructed, it is vital to investigate your municipality and HOA requirements and building codes.  Most municipalities in this area require a building permit when the building exceeds 12′ in any dimension. Some muncipalities require zoning permits for any size building. Though it may seem inconvenient, failure to meet building codes and obtain the appropriate permits can result in citations, increased permit costs, fines, removal of work, or issues when selling your home in the future. Home owners insurance may refuse to cover issues that occur as a result of non-permitted construction. In addition, you may be risking potential safety hazards.

Definitely better to protect your investment by following your municipality guidelines and requirements.

Raleigh Storage Sheds: Permit Info
Johnston County Storage Sheds:  Permit Info
Wake County Storage Sheds: Permit Info
Clayton Storage Sheds:  Permit Info
Cary Storage Sheds:  Permit Info
Fuquay Storage Sheds: Permit Info

If you have trouble preparing your site plan, MySitePlan will prepare one for you at a reasonable price.

Any construction project in the state of North Carolina, especially those that include electrical and plumbing work, including storage sheds and workshops, will require a building permit. Additionally, local governments and homeowner associations will have their own regulations and requirements. Sheds must pass a minimum building inspection which will most likely include:

  • Flooring material and ground clearance
  • Color and style of exterior of building
  • Collar and rafter ties
  • Sturdy ramps or steps with safety rails

Some possible requirements are listed below:

  • A fee
  • Site plan with setbacks, zoning specifications and grading, drainage and access
  • A set of building plans or specifications
  • A description of the shed project, including its location
  • The general contractor for the job and their license number
  • Other items which may be required depending on the outdoor building :
  • Floor plans for the structure
  • Proof of insurance or bond
  • Structural drawings, with dimensions and elevations
  • Soil tests, structural engineer analysis, or environmental assessments
  • Anticipated costs of the project and how it will be financed
  • Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC plans where necessary
  • Landscaping plan where required

With BAS Buildings, it is your choice, depending on your circumstances, as to whether or not you choose to acquire a permit for your storage sheds or workshops. BAS Buildings and our shed builders will work with you to make sure you are aware of what must be done to have your outdoor building be compliant with NC building standards. We build numerous permitted buildings weekly, so are familiar with the permit personnel in the area and what requirements must be met. BAS Buildings believes that it is unfair to our customers not to make them aware of code requirements, and offer to meet them, since not doing so can mean replacement or expensive alterations down the road. BAS Buildings provides engineered drawings, and engineering letters for sheds to accompany shed permit applications.   

HOAs and Storage Sheds:  Check with your Homeowner’s Association prior to building  sheds, garages or workshops on your property. Often the covenants list restrictions as to what can be placed on your lot. Many outside buildings require prior approval. They may require that you match color and style, or even dictate the size, siding or foundation required for sheds. With our options such as horizontal siding for sheds (sheds with vinyl siding, sheds with hardieplank siding, sheds with wood lap siding) sheds with high pitches, and other custom options we can build a shed to meet HOA requirements.

BAS Buildings will provide you with a sketch for your HOA, free of charge. Being custom-shed builders, they can meet any requirements placed upon the construction.

Step 5: Choosing a Shed Builder