Do I need a permit to add or replace a shed or storage building?
Yes, a building permit is needed to add or replace an existing shed, storage building or other accessory structure regardless of the size.
What do I need to submit in order to receive a permit?
> Plot plan drawn to scale that shows property lines and dimensions, existing buildings and structures, the size and location of the proposed structure, setbacks from property lines, utility easements and right-of-way.
> Completed building permit application.
> Building plan or manufacturer product data sheet.
> Additional information may be required by the Building Official.
> Any additional information required to clarify your application. Proof of ownership (if recently purchased).
> The building permit fee is due at the time the permit is issued and is accepted in the form of a check, cash, or credit/debit card.
How large can my shed be?
> The maximum size is 10% of the square footage of the house (footprint). Example: 1,500 sq. ft. house = 150 sf. building.
> The maximum height is 15' from floor to peak.
> The total coverage of all structures on the property must not exceed 30%.
What are the setback requirements?
The setback minimums are:
> Nine (9) feet from the rear and side yard property lines,
> Ten (10) feet from the primary structure, and
> Twenty (20) feet from any neighbor's house.
Are there any additional regulations?
> Only ONE detached building per lot.
> The color and roof pitch must match the home.
> Structures over 200 sq. ft. require a footing and foundation.
> If the proposed work is over 200 square feet a completed Land Disturbance Permit Application.
An accurate hand drawing is normally acceptable. A diagram of your property can be found on the County's website at: www.claycountymo.gov in the Assessor's Department. The City does not keep surveys on file.
What Inspections are needed?
Pier/footing inspection. Inspection of the pier/footing shall be made after piers/footings have been excavated, required forms erected, required steal is in place and prior to the placing of concrete.
Framing inspection. Inspection of framing shall be made after all framing is in place and prior to being concealed.
Final inspection. Final inspection shall be made after the permitted work is completed and prior to use.
What are easements?
The City of Gladstone and the utility companies may have easements that are within your property lines. Easements are a right given to an entity to enter upon land that they do not own. Almost every home has an easement. It is important to look for easements in public records because a property owner cannot build permanent or temporary structures on top of easements.
What International Building Codes have been adopted by the City?
The City of Gladstone is currently operating under the ICC 2018 Construction Code Series and the 2017 National Electric Code. These code books are kept on file in Community Development for viewing.
How much is a building permit?
The fee for a building permit is based on the value (or cost) of the proposed structure you are building.
For Permit Fee Schedule click here.
Building and Construction Regulations, Chapter 2300 Detached Accessory Structure Regulations
Building a Shed Brochure
If you have further questions feel free to call our office at (816) 423-4111 or click here.