A question that we are asked regularly is “Do I need a building permit for this building?” The simple answer is “Generally, yes”. And to get a permit for one of our structures, you need to have engineered drawings from us. However, there is seldom a month where we do not hear a strange interpretation of some rule which we have not heard before.
There continues to be a huge variation in the interpretation of the rules. This goes beyond the fact that certain areas get more snow and wind then others and therefore require sturdier buildings.
It is difficult to understand why identically fabricated building, installed on nearby locations, can run into a problem simply because of what they are using the building for. As an example, in one week, we received calls from two prospective customers, the first had been given a 10 page form to fill out and the other was ready to order his building since he had been specifically told “you do not need a permit for a tent”.
In most municipalities these buildings are classified as low human occupancy, temporary buildings. We have engineer approved drawings for a number of our standard buildings as governed by the Farm Building Code.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for clarification on any point of confusion. It is your responsibility to verify these things before building. We are not familiar with regulations in each municipality. Please see more information on our Building Permits Page