Each authority has its own set of regulations. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to verify whether or not permits are required. Generally, you will not need a permit if you comply with planning setbacks and stay within 120 sq.ft. because such YardPods are defined as “Detached Accessory Structures.” Primary use must be for storage, as a “playroom” or similar.
Note that some areas have their own regulations for buildings not requiring permits:
- The City and County of San Francisco limits building like YardPods to 100 square feet, measured at the roof level, and a maximum height of 8feet above grade.
- The Cities of San Rafael and San Jose want to review all buildings of all sizes.
- The City of San Anselmo restricts buildings to 8ft above grade.
A permit for electricity can usually be obtained over the counter at your local authority, without triggering the need for a building permit.