Accessory Buildings: Detached Garages & Sheds

Basic zoning, permit, and inspections requirements for building an accessory building in Golden Valley are outlined below. For further information, download the detailed Accessory Structures Handout.

One-story detached accessory structures used as storage sheds, playhouses, or similar uses require a Zoning Permit if the floor area is less than 200 square feet and a Building Permit if the floor area exceeds 200 square feet.. Code requirements, including zoning code, must still be followed.

Zoning Requirements

Structure shall be:

  • limited to one story in height (maximum 10 feet from floor to top plate)
  • located completely to the rear of the dwelling
  • located a minimum of 10 feet from dwelling
  • located a minimum of 35 feet from any street right-of-way (front yard property line)
  • located a minimum of five feet from rear or side property line or alley

No one detached accessory structure may be larger than 800 square feet in area.

The cumulative total of all accessory buildings and attached garages shall not exceed 1,000 square feet.

The footprint of the accessory structure must be less than that of the principal structure, including attached garage.

Building Permit Requirements

Include with your building permit application:

  1. Two copies of a certificate of survey or a scaled site plan with the proposed location of the accessory structure.
  2. Two copies of drawings showing proposed design and materials. Drawings shall be drawn to scale and include the following information:
    • elevation showing what structure will look like
    • floor plan showing:
      • proposed building size
      • design of floor slab
      • size and location of any posts, headers, and footings
      • size and spacing of roof supports
    • wall section showing:
      • slab information (thickness, rebars, etc)
      • wall construction (size and spacing of studs, treated sill plate, sill plate anchor, sheathing and siding material, etc)
      • roof structure information (rafter or truss sizes and spacing, roof sheathing, roof slope, roof cover materials, and ice protection membrane (if structure is heated or attached to dwelling)

Required Inspections

  • Footings/Slab: After forms and reinforcing are in place but before pouring concrete. Locate survey stakes to allow inspector to verify setbacks.
  • Framing: After all wall and roof framing and any bracing is in place, sheathing applied, and electrical rough-in inspection is completed
  • Ice Protection Membrane (for detached heated structures or attached unheated structures): Before installation of roof covering
  • Final: Upon completion of the building and after final electrical inspection

Inspections Musts

  • Post the inspection report card on the job site until the final inspection is completed. Make sure it’s protected from the weather.
  • Notify Inspections when each phase is ready for inspection.
  • Schedule all inspections at least 24-48 hours in advance (please have your permit number available). You can reach the Inspections Department between 8 am and 4:30 pm at 763-593-8090.


Call before you dig

Call at least 2 full business days before you dig.

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