Shed permit Kansas City: Are you thinking of adding a storage shed to your property and are wondering if you require a shed permit or not? Permit regulations can be confusing to follow. Read on to find out if you need a building permit, how to apply for one, as well as the zoning requirements for your new building. If you are looking for a high-quality storage shed in Kansas City, contact Classic Buildings today for a free quote.


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Do You Need a Shed Permit Kansas City?

According to the City of Kansas City, MO, City Planning & Development a building permit is not required for “One-story detached accessory buildings used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, garages, carports and similar uses, if the projected roof area does not exceed 200 square feet.”

Are There Certain Zoning Requirements That You Need to Follow When Constructing a Detached Garage or Storage Shed?

The following is a list of requirements set out by the Kansas City, City Planning and Development Department for detached garages and storage sheds in residential zoning districts.


Shed Location Requirements

1. You cannot put your shed in your front or side yards and they cannot be closer to the street than your principal building is.

2. Your shed must be set back at least 1.5 feet from your rear property line. If you have an alley, however, the abuts your rear property line, you are allowed to locate your shed on the rear property line that is adjacent to the alley.




3. Your shed needs to be located at least 1.5 feet away from the interior side property line. If you have an alley, however, the abuts your side property line, you are allowed to locate your shed on the side property line that is adjacent to the alley.

You must note though that if the building is less than five feet from a property line, the wall that is located along the property line must have a one-hour fire-resistive rating. Learn more about this type of wall here.

4. Your shed needs to be located at least 10 feet away from all other accessory and principal buildings on your same property.

5. If you find that your mortgage survey shows that you have platted building lines and easements, then you may have to set your shed back further than what is stated in point #4.


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Shed Footprint Requirements

6. The footprint of your detached storage shed (ground level building coverage) cannot be greater than 200 square feet. The footprint of your detached accessory garage cannot be greater than 800 square feet or one square foot of building footprint area for each 10 square feet of lot area, whichever is the largest. If you are building a carriage house, its footprint can be up to 1.500 square feet.

7. If you live in the districts of AG-R or R-80, your accessory building can be up to 8,000 square feet.

8. You can have more than one detached garage or storage shed on your property as long as the total footprint area of all of the detached buildings altogether on your property do not take up more than 40% of the area of your rear yard.


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Shed Height Requirements

9. Your detached garage cannot be more than 16 feet high. Your detached storage shed cannot be higher than 10 feet high. If your roof has a slope greater than 1 inch to the foot, the height is determined by taking the average of the height to the top plate and the roof ridge.

10. If you live in the districts of AG-R or R-80, your accessory building can be as high as 35 feet.




Additional Information

11. Your accessory structures need to built at the same time as the principal building or after the principal building and must be subordinate to the principal building.

12. Your accessory building needs to be located on the same lot as your principal building.

13. You can apply for variances to any of these heights, areas, and yard (setback) guidelines by making a request through the Board of Zoning Adjustment. You can contact the Department of City Planning & Development-Development Management Division by calling (816) 513-2846 for more information on applications for variances.

If you have any additional questions or if you would like clarification on any of the above points, you can call the City Planning & Development – Development Services Code Question line at (816) 513-1511.

If You Need a Building Permit, How Do You Get One?

Go in Person: You can visit the Building Permits staff in the Permit Office on the 5th floor of City Hall. The staff will accommodate walk-in customers on a first come first served basis.

Call: You can call the Building Permits office at (816) 513-1500 for more information or to make an appointment, although an appointment is not necessary.

Apply Online: As of August 2018, you can now apply online for your permit using Compass KC. The following video will walk you through how to apply online.




How Much Does a Shed Permit Cost?

The cost of your building permit is determined by the value of the construction. The higher the value of the project, the more expensive the permit will cost. For example, if your construction valuation is $5,000 then your permit will cost $66; if your valuation is $10,000 then your permit will cost $86. Click here to download a calculator that you can use to determine what your shed permit fee would be.

Classic Buildings: Quality, Custom Crafted Storage Sheds at an Affordable Price

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Purchasing a high quality, custom crafted wooden shed doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, and you don’t need to wait until you have enough money saved to buy one. Contact Classic Buildings today or visit the location nearest to you and find out how easy it is to Rent-To-Own your own beautiful wooden shed. We provide financing and most people can even qualify for $0 money down.

Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes permit requirements depend on the size of your shed.

Classic Buildings has locations throughout the Midwest, including various Missouri cities (St. Louis, Arnold, Columbia, St. Charles, Rolla, Linn, Springfield, Jefferson City, Kansas City, and Washington Missouri). We are located in Swansea, Illinois and Kansas and deliver throughout the Midwest, and, in some cases, nationwide!

If you would like to take a look at Classic Buildings’ storage sheds, check out our brochure, or visit one of our locations to see our sheds firsthand! 

“Your company produces such a quality storage building! You can tell that quality went into it because the quality just shines through it. Even the delivery was a class act. All of you do a great job.” – Rick Franklin
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