Are you ready to get a shed but not sure what is involved as far as getting the permits that you need? We have compiled a list of helpful information here for you to getting started in understanding typical zoning and permit requirements for your area.

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According to the North Dakota Building Code if a shed is less than 120 square feet a permit is not required. For any sheds over that size, you will need a permit. It is important to note, however, that local cities and towns may have rules and regulations that are often more strict than the state rules.

It is important to note that failure to obtain the necessary permits and comply with building codes could result in fines or other legal consequences. Therefore, it is always best to check with your local building department before starting any construction project.  It is also worth noting that building codes get updated from time to time. This is another reason why it is important to update yourself on local codes every time you start on a new building project. 

What Size Shed Can I Build Without A Permit In ND

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In most places in North Dakota you can build a shed under 120 square feet. However, some local ordinances do require you to have a permit for all sheds regardless of size so it is important to check your local requirements. 

The sizes of sheds that you can install without a permit are as follows: 6×8, 8×8, 8×10, 10×10, and 10×12.

How Do You Get A Shed Permit In ND?

A shed permit can be obtained in North Dakota from your local government’s website. Most sites have permit application that you can print, complete, and submit online.  We have provided links below to the more populated areas in North Dakota for easy access to the information you need.

Local Shed Permit Requirements In ND

Here we have compiled a list of all of the major towns and cities in the region with links to the building code information.

What is the cost of a shed permit in North Dakota

While the costs will differ in each municipality as well as the size of the project, you can expect to pay between $50-$150.  Adding plumbing and electrical packages to your buildings will generally result in increased costs for permitting.

The city of Fargo has a building permit fee calculator based on the cost of the the project that you are working on. 

The City of Williston has an easy to use schedule for determining permit fees based on your project size.

How long does it take to get a permit for a shed

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Sometimes shed permits can be obtained in as little as two days, but its best to expect at least two weeks.  As with any project it is always best practice to plan as far in advance as you can to ensure that there will be no delays in permitting.

We hope that this has been a helpful guide in answering your questions about the shed permitting process in North Dakota. If you have not selected your dream building yet, check out our huge inventory available in North Dakota, or design your own shed using our 3D Builder!