Creating the backyard of your dreams can include anything from a shed for additional storage, a pergola for afternoon shade, a decorative gazebo, or barn space to house animals big and small. Whatever you\u2019re in the market to buy, there are a few things you\u2019ll want to consider before you\u00a0buy an outdoor structure, saving you a lot of headaches and money in the end.\r\n\r\nKnow Your Local Zoning and Building Permit Regulations\r\nDo you need a zoning permit or building permit to\u00a0add a shed to your backyard?\u00a0 What about for a swing set? Or a chicken coop?\u00a0 Does it depend on the square footage?\u00a0 Does it depend on the purpose of the structure?\u00a0 Sadly, there is no blanket answer, and it\u2019s going to come down to the rules for the municipality you live in. Contact your city, borough, or township office and inquire about the necessary permits you\u2019ll need before you buy.\r\n\r\nSo\u00a0what is the difference\u00a0between a zoning and building permits? Zoning regulation governs the placement of objects such as driveways, fences, swimming pools, and structures like garages, sheds, or barns on your property. Building permits regulate the structure itself and specify the quality and safety standards, ensuring your structure meets local code.\r\n\r\nReview Your HOA Regulations\r\nIn addition to local ordinances, if you live in a housing development that is governed by a Home Owner\u2019s Association, you\u2019ll need to work within their covenant, conditions &amp; restrictions (CC&amp;R) when purchasing and installing an outdoor structure. Regulation of detached structures, including storage sheds, garages, and\u00a0swing sets, is a common issue homeowners have with their HOA.\r\n\r\nYour HOA may have set limitations on the size, placement, materials, or colors of the shed or structure you plan on purchasing. So review your CC&amp;R to avoid the costly mistake of choosing an \u201cunapproved\u201d structure.\r\n\r\nChoose\u00a0the Right Location\r\nYou may already have the perfect corner of your yard chosen for your gardening shed or gazebo, but before you buy you should probably double check that this location is the most suitable.\r\n\r\nThe most important thing to determine is if your chosen location has the proper setback.\u00a0 This is the distance between your structure and your property line, street/road, or river/stream. To determine the specific setback rules for your property, consult with your municipality office.\r\n\r\nIn addition to a setback, you\u2019ll want to also choose a location that has:\r\n\r\nClearance from any fences, trees, brush, or other structures of at least 3 feet around the perimeter\r\nLand grade that is less than a 6-inch slope (highest to lowest point)\r\nNo large rocks or stumps\r\nProper drainage\r\nEnsure Easy Access\r\nBefore you buy, you should think beyond just your backyard. Take a stroll around your entire property and imagine the installation of your structure. Is there anything in your front yard or side yard that would encumber the delivery and installation processes?\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAccess to the final installation site must be clear of:\r\n\r\nNarrow walkways or stairs\r\nFences\r\nShrubs or elaborate landscaping\r\nCarports\r\nArbors\r\nAdditionally, a larger, pre-built structure will need to be delivered on a trailer. Talk to your dealer about the exact dimensions of space needed for a trailer to fit onto your property.\r\n\r\nDo you have more questions about purchasing an outdoor structure for your yard? Before you buy,\u00a0send a message\u00a0to our professional staff for the information you need.