A building permit is required to install or construct any shed in the City of Gaithersburg.
Shed Building Permit Requirements
Sheds located in residential zones are permitted only on lots with an established principal use. Regardless of its size, a shed shall comply with the zoning ordinance for setbacks and location.
All sheds shall be anchored to resist wind loads. Approved tie-downs of metal straps, cables, chains, etc., installed according to manufacturer’s specifications, may be used. Skids or railroad ties are not acceptable for anchorage without tie-downs.
Sheds with a floor area of less than 120 sq. ft. are not required to have footings. Sheds with a floor area of 120 sq. ft. or more shall have footings meeting the requirements of section R-403, 2003 International Residential Code.
To apply for a building permit, furnish two copies of an accurately scaled house location plat, two complete structural drawings, fully completed building permit application, and fee.