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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 planreview@iwus.net (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 planreview@iwus.net 

**Please take a moment to complete the short survey at the following link. This will assist us in making sure we provide the best service possible.

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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.