What rules apply to putting up a shed on my property?
Sheds, like garages, are considered Auxiliary Structures. Sheds must be located in a side or rear yard no closer than 3 feet from the property line, and cannot be taller than 12 feet. Sheds must also be kept at least 10 feet from the house. Sheds that are 200 square feet or greater in area require a Building Permit. Sheds less than 200 square feet in area do not require a building permit, but do require a application for a waiver. If electrical service is installed, an Electrical Permit is required. The application for a waiver, as well as Building and Electrical Permit applications, are available at the Department of Development Services Office, they can be reached at 703-248-5080 (TTY 711).

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1. What is a variance and when will I need one?
2. How do I obtain a variance?
3. How do I obtain a Special Use Permit?
4. What are the required yard setbacks?
5. What percentage of a property can be occupied by structures and impervious surfaces?
6. How tall can my house, garage, or commercial building be?
7. Are there any special requirements for installing outside air conditioning units or other similar equipment?
8. What restrictions are there for improvements to properties located in the floodplain?
9. How do I know if my property is in the floodplain?
10. What rules apply to putting up a shed on my property?
11. What rules apply to putting up a fence, wall, or hedge on my property?
12. What rules are there regarding visibility obstructions on corner lots?