Is a shed exempt from the building permit requirements?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from North Vancouver (District) v. Guest, 2011 BCSC 1790 (CanLII):

In this case, the property is zoned for a single family residential building. Accessory buildings and structures are permitted, only if they are buildings and structures accessory to a single family residential building. The structure or shed is the only building located on the property. It cannot, therefore, meet the definition of an accessory building and is not exempt from the building permit requirement. I take comfort in this conclusion from Sechelt District v. Cutlan, 2007 BCSC 1087 where Sigurdson J. (at para. 49) found in the context of an identically worded by-law that an accessory building is one which is customarily incidental to or contributes in a secondary way to the use of the main building.

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