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Building a Shed

  • Requires a building permit if 10 m2 (107 sq. feet) in size or larger. Please contact Service Barrie regarding fees, application and designer qualification prior to constructing or purchasing your shed.
  • Detached accessory structures (not including pools) can not exceed 10% of the lot coverage or a maximum of 50 m2 whichever is the lesser.
  • Setbacks are required from all lot-lines regardless if a building permit is required or not.
  • Sheds cannot be constructed on easements. However, you may be able to have the easement released. Contact the Legal and Real Estate Services Branch for more information.

Zoning Standards For Building A Shed

Location Minimum Distance From Lot Line Maximum Height*
Front Yard Not Permitted Not Permitted
Interior Side Yard 0.60m (2ft.) 4m (13.1 ft.)
Exterior Side Yard (Corner Lots) 3m (9.8ft.) 4m (13.1 ft.)
Rear Yard 0.60m (2ft.) 4m (13.1 ft.)
Rear Yard (Corner Lots) 1m (3.2ft.) 4m (13.1 ft.)
* Shed height is calculated from the average grade height around the building perimeter to the midpoint of the roof which is between the eaves and the ridge

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