Maximum Shed Size Without Permit

How to figure out the maximum shed size without a permit:

Most major Canadian Municipalities allow for a maximum shed size without a permit of  10 square metres or 107 square feet.

Sheds such as our 10 x 10 | 8 x 10 | 8 x 12 can typically be built in most Metro Vancouver Municipalities without a building permit.

If you want to build a shed larger than the maximum shed size allowed without a permit you will need to obtain a building permit from your local municipality.

Figuring out the maximum shed size without a permit in your local municipality is easy.

  1. Call your Municipalities Building Department.
  2. Ask them these three question;
    • “I’d like to build a shed in my backyard. What’s the maximum shed size without a permit”.
    • “Do you measure that by the Roof-Print or the Foot-Print”?
    • “Is there somewhere on your website I can download this information.
Determining the Maximum Shed Size Without Permit

Roof-Print Vs. Foot-Print

The Roof-print or the Foot-print question is really important as each calculation will result in a different shed size.

The roof-print measures the extreme outside corners of the roof overhangs while the foot-print measures the extreme outside corners of the walls/siding.

If you measure the shed by the RED Roof-Print you get 12 x 12 = 144 Sq/Ft

If you measure the shed by the GREEN Foot-Print you get 10 x 10 = 100 Sq/Ft

Same Shed, 2 different sizes. Determining how your municipality measures is very important the last thing you want to do is build your shed too large.


3 Tip For Dealing With Your Building Department:

  • Always Be Polite – Seems simple but you’d be amazed at how far this can get you.
  • If quoted a specific bylaw or zoning regulation always ask for a paper copy for your records.
  • When possible always try and deal with the same person for all your questions.

Here are some links to Metro Vancouver Municipal Websites:

North Vancouver District
North Vancouver City
West Vancouver
Port Coquitlam
Port Moody
Maple Ridge
Pitt Meadows
White Rock

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