Backyard sheds can provide much needed storage space, but all accessory structures must meet minimum standards pertaining to size, location, maintenance, etc. Please observe the following guidelines to ensure compliance with your accessory structure.
Construction - Permits are required for all accessory structures over 120 square feet in area. All accessory structures over 120 square feet must be built to standards established in the MN State Building Code, and suitably anchored to the ground. Temporary structures such as carports are prohibited.
Setbacks -Accessory structures less than 120 square feet in area may be located no closer than 5 feet to any property line and no closer than 20 feet to a side lot line when adjacent to a public right of way. Accessory structures 120 square feet in area and greater may be no closer than 10 feet to rear property lines.
Location in Easement Prohibited -Location in utility easements of record is prohibited without consent of the city and/or the public utility holding the easement.
Maintenance - All accessory structures must be adequately maintained so as not to be an eyesore or a public nuisance.
For more information on requirements for accessory structures please contact Ben Pierson in Code Enforcement by phone at 952.953.2571; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.