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Below is a list of the most commonly requested home owner improvements. For more complex development or less   common improvements you should contact the Building Department at 503-668-0880 or email 

Residential Accessory Structures

A Residential Accessory Structure is a structure that is clearly incidental to and subordinate to the main use of property and located on the same lot as the main use.

Uncertified Woodstoves

As of August 1, 2010, Oregon law requires you to remove an uncertified woodstove or fireplace insert if you are selling your home. The City of Sandy Building Department does not require a permit to remove your uncertified woodstove, but does require a permit to install a new or replacement woodstove.

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Residential Accessory Structures

Do I need a permit before I install my new residential accessory structure?

Residential accessory structures that are 200 square feet or smaller, and no higher than 10 feet at the half way point of the roof do not require a building permit.

Important Note: Garages, carports or like structures that have the ability to contain a motor vehicle require a building permit regardless of the size or height of the structure.

What if my residential accessory structure is over 200 square feet and 11 feet at the half way point of the roof?

Residential accessory structures that are over 200 square feet or over 10 feet high at the half way point of the roof need a building permit.

What is the setback distance for residential accessory structures?

1. Accessory structures shall comply with the setback requirements for the main building except where specifically modified by Development Code Section 17.74.

2. No accessory structure shall be located in a required front yard or side yard setback, except where specifically modified by Development Code Section 17.74.

3. An accessory structure on a corner lot shall meet a minimum street side yard setback except for private vehicle storage.