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Do I need a permit to build my VersaTube barn?


Do I need a permit to build my VersaTube barn?

by VersaTube on April 08, 2019

If you’re waiting anxiously for your American-made steel VersaTube barn to arrive, one of the thoughts running through your head might well be: “Do I need a building permit?”

We wish we could give you a definite answer! Whether you’ll need a permit depends on your local building codes and regulations. Many municipalities require a permit for buildings 200 square feet or larger, so the odds are that you will need a permit for your new barn, but you’ll want to double check this is true for your area.

Putting together a VersaTube building may be like putting together a grown-up Lego™ set thanks to the Slip-Fit Connections, but you still need to follow the rules of your municipality and obtain a permit from your county or city building department if required. A good starting point for finding this information is by doing an internet search with your building site’s zip code + “building department phone number”.

If a permit is required, you’ll most likely need to provide the plans for approval and pay a fee, although usually that fee’s pretty small. For most jurisdictions, a simple drawing is all that’s needed. But if your municipality has more stringent requirements, you can add on the certified, stamped drawings and calculations as an option when you complete the purchase of your barn plans.  

As part of the permit process, there will be a few inspections during construction. The inspector will stop by your construction site fairly early on to check out the concrete footings and piers. He or she will also likely inspect the slab and framing, and do a final inspection. Adding electric or plumbing? There will be rough and final inspections for those, too. To know exactly what to expect, just ask when you apply for your permit.

If you decide to hire a qualified contractor to build your barn, he or she will be familiar with the local permit and inspection requirements. Part of their job will include securing the permits and scheduling the inspections to keep your project on schedule. If you’d like helping finding a qualified contractor in your area, we can recommend a certified VersaTube installer!

Have more questions? Contact us! We’re happy to help. And if you haven’t ordered your own barn yet, check out our standard barn kits, or design-your-own!