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How big of a shed can I build in my back yard without a permit?

Seattle, WA |

I want to build a shed i my back yard, but I don't want to have to get a permit. How big can I go? Is there anything else I need to be aware of, law-wise?

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  1. You need to comply with the Seattle rear yard requirements. Check with the city zoning administrator.
    A phone call will give you the information.

    Do not build without checking. It will be discovered and torn down.

    Good luck to you.

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  2. Each City is different. Many cities in California require permits if over 120 square feet. Check with the City. In fact, their municipal code may be available on-line.

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