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Building an Accessory Structure

Accessory Structures (Carport, Shed, etc)

zoning permit is ALWAYS needed regardless of size. A building permit may be required unless it meets the exceptions listed below.

Items needed for review:

  • Central Permitting application
    • Or approved town zoning permit
    • Site plan or aerial photograph showing the proposed accessory structure
    • Distances to all property lines
    • Distance to well and/or septic tank if applicable
    • Site improvement form if private water or septic is on property
  • General Permit application
    • 2 complete sets of construction drawings,to include any engineered lumber spec sheets
      • or 1 complete PDF file, if emailing
    • If this is an engineered building, your building plans are required to have the engineers stamp on them

Once all items are submitted we will place you into a 10 business day review.

  • Once site plan and construction plans are approved we will notify you and request payment.
    • The zoning permit is a flat fee of $35.00
    • The building permit is $.16 per square foot with a minimum fee is $90.95
    • An inspection checklist will be provided and reviewed with you at the time of permit issuance.
  • All trades are permitted separately.

**Please note more information may be requested due to the type of project or location**

**Please contact your Homeowners Association (if applicable) prior to applying for a zoning permit. We do not enforce private covenants and restrictions**

Accessory Structures Application Packet
You can submit applications and plans via email to (Plans must be in one complete PDF file to submit digitally) or they can be submitted in our office between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

Our address is 17140 Monument Circle, Suite 100, Isle of Wight VA 23397. We are in Building B which is the 2-story brick building across from the Historic Boykins Tavern. Our office is on the right, through the double glass doors.

If you have questions, please email 

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Permit Exemption language

  • 2015 Virginia Construction Code
    • Section 108 – APPLICATION FOR PERMIT
      • 108.2 Exemptions from application of permit
        • 2. One-story detached structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses or similar uses, provided the building area does not exceed 256 sf and the structures are not classified as a Group F-1 or H occupancy.
        • 4 . Tents or air-supported structures, or both that cover an area of 900 square feet or less, including within that area all connecting areas or spaces with a common means of egress or entrance, provided such tents or structures have an occupancy load of 50 or less persons.