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What is an accessory structure?

Last Updated: September 27, 2016
A structure subordinate or incidental to the principal structure. Accessory structures include detached garages (with or without mother‐in‐law suites or rental cottages), storage buildings, pool houses, and material storage areas. An attached garage is also considered an accessory structure. An attached garage is one that is attached to the primary structure and provides storage for automobiles.
What type of permit will I need for an accessory structure?
A building permit is required if you are building a storage shed or a garage that is more than 12 feet on any side. If you are building a shed with 12 feet or smaller dimensions on all sides, it will require a zoning permit. Building permits are issued by Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services. Zoning permits are issued by the Mint Hill Planning Department.
Where do I initiate the building permit process?
Mecklenburg County Land Use & Environmental Services
2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208




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