Accessory Structures

  • Information
    • A permit is required for an Accessory Structure is a subordinate building attached, or detached, and used for a purpose customarily incidental to the main building, not involving the conduct of a business, and not built for or used for living quarters. An Accessory Building is located on the same lot or tract as the main building. Such as, but not limited to: a private garage or carport for automobile or boat storage, tool house, greenhouse, home workshop, children’s playhouse, barn or storage building. A private airplane hangar, as defined in Article 1.1(a)(4), is not an accessory building and is regulated under Article 2.1(c)(2)(J)(iii). Airplane hangars built on residential lots shall be built using colors to coordinate with the main structure and with the lower 1/3 of each wall, excluding doorways, to be consistent with the main structure masonry.
  • Submittal Requirements:  
    • Application pertaining to the Type of building
    • Site Plan, 
    • Floor plan, 
    • Footing/foundation plans, 
    • Elevation plans,
    • Framing plans, 
    • Roof plans, 
    • Wind bracing method/plan (if applicable), and energy compliance path (prescriptive or performance) and all associated documents (if applicable).
      Note: If plumbing, mechanical and/or electrical work is included, a note must be added to the description of work listed in the application as well as contractor info. 
  • Plan Submittal: Plans may be submitted electronically online or delivered in person to the Development Services Center with two set of paper plans.
  • Inspections Required: The inspections required will depend upon the scope of work. 
  • Cost 
    • The base permit price for an accessory building is .50 a square foot plus all required inspections. At a minimum, your building will require a plan review and final inspection + .50 a square foot.

Type 1 Accessory Buildings

This type or class of accessory building consists of accessory buildings that support the agricultural use of the property as defined or permitted in areas with Agricultural Tax Exemptions (or a lot size of not less than 5 acres), such as barns, loafing sheds, private stables or tool/equipment sheds. Electricity and water connections are permitted. Use as living quarters is prohibited. If toilet and/or shower facilities are provided, adequate wastewater disposal must be provided and approved by the Town building inspector. 

1. Location: All portions of the accessory building must be: 

a. not less than 30 feet from any property line of an adjacent owner, and 

b. not less than 40 feet from any dwelling on any adjacent property, and 

c. not less than 40 feet from any road, whichever is greater. 

(3) Construction: The building’s construction materials must be of material defined by the Town Building Codes. The Type 1 Accessory Building does not have to comply with “Standard Masonry Construction” and may be constructed of wood and/or factory painted or colored sheet metal, including standing metal seam products. Corrugated metal is not allowed. 

(4) Maximum Height: The height of the building shall not exceed 24 feet in height, or the height of the main building, whichever is less. 

 ** 5 acres or more: Not more than four (4) type 1 or type 2 Accessory buildings. The total cumulative floor space of all accessory buildings, (Type 1, 2, and/or 3) may not exceed ten (10%) of the lot size. The height of Type 1 and Type 2 accessory buildings may not exceed 24 feet. Type 3 may not exceed 12 feet in height. The building materials do not have to match the principal residence.

Type 1 Size of Structure

Lot Size Building Type Total Square Footage Building Type Total Square Footage Note
1 to less than 2 acres Type 1 or Type 2     Not to exceed 2000 Type 3 Not to exceed 300 Must have Ag. exemption
2 to less than 5 acres Type 1 or Type 2 Not to exceed 4500 Type 3 Not to exceed 300 Must have Ag. exemption
5 or more acres  Type 1 or Type 2 (four total) *not to exceed 10% of the lot size Type 3 Not to exceed 300  

Type 2 Accessory Building 

Type 2 Accessory Buildings include but are not limited to a shop or recreation building, swimming pool cabana, boat storage, detached garage for boat, recreational vehicle and motor vehicle storage, home office, tool/equipment storage, greenhouse or stable. Type 2 Accessory buildings may not be used for living quarters, or commercial purposes and may not be used as rental property. No Type 2 Accessory building will be permitted unless there is a principal residential dwelling on the property.

CARPORTS- per the ordinance carports are only permitted on properties that are:

1. less than ½ acre or

2. on properties not less than 5 acres in size, or on lots that are between ½ acre and 5 acres with Agricultural exemptions.

A carport is considered a Type 2 Accessory Building.

Maximum Height: The height of the building shall not exceed the height regulated by lot size, below in Article (vii), or the height of the main building, whichever is less.

Location: Type 2 Accessory buildings must be located not less than the minimum front and rear setback and side yard requirements from the property lines, as required in the zoning district in which the accessory building is to be located.

Construction: The building’s construction materials must be substantially similar in color, composition and design as that of the residential building, the lower 1/3 of each wall excluding doorways must be brick or masonry, and generally meet the requirements for the principal residential building. Corrugated sheet metal siding is expressly prohibited. Roofing material must also be substantially similar in color, composition and design as that of the residential building and comply with the Town’s building codes. For accessory buildings in excess of 300 square feet, including, but not limited to, detached garages each exterior wall shall be constructed with not less than the lower one third (1/3) of the wall as masonry construction

Foundation: A concrete foundation is required for all Type 2 Accessory buildings, with the exception of “Greenhouses”.


LOT SIZE BUILDING TYPE TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGE BUILDING TYPE TOTAL TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGE
Less than ½ acre One Type 2
Or Type 3

700 sq. feet 16’ height      
Less than ½ acre Carport (Type 2) 700 sq. feet 16’ height     A carport is considered a Type 2 Accessory Building
½ acre to less than 1 acre One Type 2 or
One Type 3

1500 sq. feet
16’ height

     
1 to less than 2 acres Type 1 or Type 2     Not to exceed 2000 Type 3 Not to exceed 300 Must have Ag. Exemption for a Type 1
2 to less than 5 acres Type 1 or Type 2     Not to exceed 4500 Type 3 Not to exceed 300 Must have Ag. Exemption for a Type 1
5 or more acres  Type 1 or Type 2 (four total) *not to exceed 10% of the lot size Type 3 Not to exceed 300  

Type 3 Accessory Buildings 

Type 3 Accessory buildings include pre-fabricated buildings and buildings on skids, used for the storage of tools, lawn care equipment, and similar storage related to the residential dwelling on the property. 

Maximum Size: 300 square feet. 

Location: A Type 3 Accessory building must be located not less than the minimum front and rear setback and side yard requirements from the property lines, as required in the zoning district in which the accessory building is to be located. 

Maximum Height: 12 feet in height. 

Construction: Accessory buildings of 300 square feet or less may be of non-masonry construction or may be of all metal with baked-on or pre-painted surface.



LOT SIZE BUILDING TYPE TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGE BUILDING TYPE TOTAL TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGE
Less than ½ acre One Type 2
Or Type 3

700 sq. feet 16’ height      
½ acre to less than 1 acre One Type 2
Or Type 3

1500 sq. feet
16’ height

     
1 to less than 2 acres Type 1 or Type 2     Not to exceed 2000 Type 3 Not to exceed 300 Must have Ag. Exemption for a Type 1
2 to less than 5 acres Type 1 or Type 2     Not to exceed 4500


Type 3 Not to exceed 300 Must have Ag. Exemption for a Type 1
5 or more acres  Type 1 or Type 2 (four total) *not to exceed 10% of the lot size Type 3 Not to exceed 300