Buying a storage shed is a multi-step process that starts when you realize you need more space or are looking for a way to expand your home.
First, you have to decide on a company to buy from. Cook Portable Warehouses started as a family company more than 30 years ago and is still a family company to this day. You can trust our local dealers to find the perfect portable building to meet your needs. Meet some of these smiling faces, here!
After you decide on the right company to do business with, the next step is to consider the size and design of your future building. Check out all the building styles that Cook has to offer in our product brochure.
We advise most customers to select at least one size larger shed than they think they need now. Your future storage needs are often more expansive than you anticipate.
After you decide on the perfect warehouse for your family’s needs, the process isn’t over just yet. It’s important to know your local requirements and restrictions related to residential building permits.
Here's what to know about permits before buying a shed:
Regulations vary by city and state
There is no clear yes or no answer regarding needing a building permit to add a shed to your backyard. Local areas, cities, and states have different building codes and laws. Oftentimes the answer also depends on the size of the building, where it will be located, and the proximity to other structures.
If you're considering purchasing a Cook shed, visit your city or county's government website to learn about the specific laws and building codes in your area.
What information will be required?
If your city or state does require building and zoning permits, those forms will require basic contact information as well as details about your proposed building such as square footage, the future location, and the estimated valuation.
There also might be a required fee to submit this form for approval from the city or state office.
Why is this important?
Doing a little research about zoning regulations and building codes up front will pay dividends and help you avoid headaches later. Check with your local building authorities, so you are aware of the forms that need to be filed and the legal process that goes into adding a building to your property.
Avoiding the proper legal channels could lead to a fine or added costs to move the building after it’s delivered.
Click here to get a list of building permits required in some of the states with Cook Portable Warehouse dealer locations such as Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
To learn more about how a Cook Portable Warehouse can improve your lifestyle, download our complimentary Buying Guide below!