Do I need a permit to build or place a shed on my property?
Yes, all sheds and accessory buildings require a permit. If the shed (or any accessory structure) is under 1000 square feet it requires a zoning permit. The zoning permit applications are available at the Township office. Along with the application form, two copies of a plot plan must be submitted for review. The plot plan should contain the existing property lines, the existing and proposed structures, and the distance between the proposed structure and all property lines.
Do I need a permit to build a garage or pole building on my property?
Yes, all garages and pole buildings require a permit. If the building is less than 1000 square feet, then a zoning permit is required, follow the steps listed for a shed. (See above) If the building is over 1000 square feet, then a UCC building permit is required. Building permit applications are available at the Township office. The UCC building permits require 3 copies of the building plans and two copies of the plot plans. All pole buildings require engineered plans with seals and signatures.
How large can I build my detached garage, shed or pole building?
In all zoning districts, the maximum size for a single accessory structure is 1,200 square feet. The maximum total square footage for all accessory structures on the lot is 1,600 square feet.
However, if your property is located within the Rural zoning district and is two (2) acres or larger, the maximum size for a single accessory structure is 2,400 square feet. The maximum total square footage for all accessory structures on the lot is 3,200 square feet.
If a garage is attached to the house then there is no maximum size limit, other than the limits of lot coverage and setbacks.
What are the private pool requirements and do I need a permit for a temporary pool?
Any pool that contains a water depth of 24” or more does require a building permit, no matter how long it will remain erected. All pools are required to meet the accessory structure setbacks for the zoning district and must be located within the rear yard only.
Where can I put up a fence or wall on my property?
The zoning ordinance does not limit where a fence may be constructed. However, the ordinance does limit the height of a fence or wall. A fence or wall may not exceed four (4) feet in height within the front yard and may not exceed six (6) feet in height within the side or rear yard. Corner lots may also need to meet the clear sight triangle regulations (section 419) of the zoning ordinance. A $15 zoning permit is required before construction of a fence or wall is allowed.
What do I need to do to build a new home in Washington Township?
If you plan to build a new home in Washington Township you will need: