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Old 04-14-2013, 07:54 PM   #16
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Look into building an ag barn, a lot of county's in Fl allow ag barns, I payed $75.00 for the permit so the county got their money, no inspection required, I built a 32x60 but your options are unlimited, they have some nice barn kits as small as 24x12 with metal trusses and galvalume tin roof, just a thought.

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Old 04-14-2013, 08:57 PM   #17
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Thanks for the input. The ag barns are a no go in the Ft Myers area.
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I am a builder of sheds and I am not a big fan of installing sheds in Florida. So many zone restrictions. Having said that, these strict regulations are there to protect the homeowner. If everyone built sheds and garages with 2x3 construction, they wouldn't last anyways.
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:30 PM   #19
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I agree there needs to be some regs. But the pre fabs need to be held to the same standards, whice they are not.
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I am a builder of sheds and I am not a big fan of installing sheds in Florida. So many zone restrictions. Having said that, these strict regulations are there to protect the homeowner. If everyone built sheds and garages with 2x3 construction, they wouldn't last anyways.
NO NO NO, the regulations are there to protect the pre fab shed suppliers!!

The shed companys are putting up morsels of defecation, while the home owner has to build a bomb shelter!

Just another disgruntled blow hard homeowner that thinks he knows it all you may think. Well I have the county supplied plans that I have to build to and I had a pre fab shed. Apples to oranges.

An example the shed company's can use 3 built up 2x6 for the skids, a DIY'er has to use continuous 6X6 and it gets worse from there. I have to use an earth auger anchor about every 3 feet both sides, the shed companys put one in each corner!!
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talk to your mayor, congressman, senator. you may be surprised what they can do.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:50 AM   #22
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You seem to assume that because prefabs are available for sale, they are automatically legal where you live. That is most certainly not the case everywhere. My local big box store has lots of things for sale that are not code legal here or anywhere else.

I think you mentioned earlier in this thread that you ended up buying a prefab. I can't imagine you got a permit based on what you've said about your local building requirements. If you didn't, and one is required, you have broken the law.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:41 AM   #23
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I just read this thread today (April 19). This situation happened locally some few years ago. Someone, located about fifty (50) miles away started a local business here, built the sheds there, and transported them into this area. These sheds were as "jjrbus" described as "morsels of defacation", and did not meet this county's building code. After the local code inspectors shut the business down the business owners filed a lawsuit claiming that their product did not have to meet local codes as a customer could go to thier county, but the same product and have it delivered to this county somehow circumventing the local coding. The won. I know a number of home builders in this area and have discussed the construction of these units with them. They claim that they could not buy the material(s) for these units for the small amount that they were selling for. The local code enforcement found a loop-hole which allowed them to inspect the units once placed on site and condemn them immediately much to the home-owners dismay. After many law-suits by home-owners, the business finally closed their local location. They are still in business in their home county but now display a sign stating which county's these units will meet local business codes. I also believe that if you protest enough, both in writing and in person, to your local governing body that this issue would be resolved.
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You seem to assume that because prefabs are available for sale, they are automatically legal where you live. That is most certainly not the case everywhere. My local big box store has lots of things for sale that are not code legal here or anywhere else.

I think you mentioned earlier in this thread that you ended up buying a prefab. I can't imagine you got a permit based on what you've said about your local building requirements. If you didn't, and one is required, you have broken the law.
You don't need a permit that is why they are on skids they are considered mobile units. If you build one without the skids you need several permits.
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You don't need a permit that is why they are on skids they are considered mobile units. If you build one without the skids you need several permits.
It's not good to make such generalizations. What you say is most assuredly not true where I live. I had to get a permit and inspection for my Amish-built premanufactured shed that just sits on the ground. No foundation, water, electric, nothing. There is also no minimum size below which a permit is not required. The kicker: a few days after the inspector came, I got a Certificate of Occupancy in the mail. So I guess I could live in the thing if I wanted to.
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A permit is required for a shed in Lee county Florida, any size shed!

The only loophole in the system is trailers. As long as it is on wheels and is registered, you can keep it in your yard. That is what I did while I tried to beat the system, a 24' car hauler. I finally threw in the towel and bought a used shed.

But now I moved and need some storage.

Thanks for all the input and responses.
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It's not good to make such generalizations. What you say is most assuredly not true where I live. I had to get a permit and inspection for my Amish-built premanufactured shed that just sits on the ground. No foundation, water, electric, nothing. There is also no minimum size below which a permit is not required. The kicker: a few days after the inspector came, I got a Certificate of Occupancy in the mail. So I guess I could live in the thing if I wanted to.
I was not making a generalization I was talking about where I live.
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It's not good to make such generalizations. What you say is most assuredly not true where I live. I had to get a permit and inspection for my Amish-built premanufactured shed that just sits on the ground. No foundation, water, electric, nothing. There is also no minimum size below which a permit is not required. The kicker: a few days after the inspector came, I got a Certificate of Occupancy in the mail. So I guess I could live in the thing if I wanted to.
If you are not good to your wife, you may be living in it JIm
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If you are not good to your wife, you may be living in it JIm
Roger that. I wonder how comfortable a lawn tractor is to sleep on.
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Thanks for all the input, always appreciated.

Here I am again with another used shed! It is a 2006 10X16' SMithbilt shed in excellent condition. Bought for $1500 and delivered for $350. I have a quote here for the same shed new for $3400, delivered and setup, plus permit.

To my way of thinking a used shed appears to be the best option, I do not have to spend thousands for a piece of junk nor do I have to build a bomb shelter.

I have to get a permit and have this inspected, I believe the permit is now $175.

The whole process leaves a bad taste in my mouth! JIm

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