Exempt from Permit

NOTE:  The proposed work that may be exempt from a building permit may require permits or approvals from other divisions within Yakima County.

1.  Residential Accessory Structure:

To be exempt, the proposed structure shall meet ALL of the following criteria.

Shall be on the same lot with a Group R-3 Occupancy (existing house).  

Non-habitable, (shall not be used, or intended to be used, for living, sleeping, or cooking).  

Shall be used as a tool and storage shed, playhouse, pump house, or woodshed. (Lawn mowers, garden tillers, and other small motorized lawn and garden care equipment may be stored).   

The building area or horizontal projected roof area does not exceed 200 square feet, AND the COMBINED AREA of exempt residential accessory structures on any one lot SHALL NOT exceed 200 square feet. 

Additional residential accessory structures may be built by obtaining permits for them.    Maximum One-story high, (highest point of the roof does not exceed 12 feet (3660 mm) above lowest adjacent grade).   

Shall be detached - 6 feet from all other structures.   

Shall NOT be heated, nor equipped with any plumbing system, or mechanical system.    Shall NOT have a basement or crawl space that provides greater than 18 inches clearance below floor joists to the lowest part of the basement or crawlspace.   

Shall NOT be located in a FEMA designated flood plain or floodway.   

Shall NOT be located in an area designated as a “critical area” or “shoreline area” by state or local regulation.   

The structure SHALL NOT be used as (but not limited to) a

~    Carport,

~    Garage,

~    Storage of automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles,

~    Motor homes, recreational vehicles, boats, or similar motorized vehicles.~    Tractor, farm equipment, agricultural products,

~    Animal shelters,   

NOT used, OR intended to be used, as a place of business,   

The structure is NOT used for storage of hazardous materials in excess of the amounts listed in the Fire Code.  (Maximum allowable quantity per control area of hazardous materials posing a physical hazard, and maximum allowable quantity per control area of hazardous materials posing a health hazard).

Structures that do not meet the above parameters and conditions are not exempt from the permitting requirements of R105 and it is required that permits must be obtained prior to commencing construction.

2.    Fences not over 7 feet high.  (Contact the Planning Division for Zoning regulations regarding fence location and height restrictions.)

3.    Retaining walls which are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.

4.    Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.

5.    Sidewalks, platforms, decks without roof covers, ramps and driveways not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade and not over any basement or story below.

6.    Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish work.Click here to add content.

7.    Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches deep.

8.    Swings and other playground equipment accessory to detached one- and two-family dwellings.

9.    Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.

10.    Decks not exceeding 200 square feet in area, that are not more than 30 inches above grade at any point, are not attached to a dwelling and do not serve the exit door required by Section R311.4.

11.    Replace or repair of siding that is not required to be fire resistive, except for homes and multi-family housing located in wildfire hazard areas requiring a fire resistive roof.
12.    Retrofitted insulation where no structural alterations are required.

13.    Door and window replacement where no structural member is changed and the replacement does not involve a bedroom window (safety glazing may be required in windows that had not previously been tempered).

14.    Re-roofing where replacement or repair of the roofing material conforms to the requirements of section R907, Re-roofing, of this code, the roof is not required to be fire resistive, and the residence or multi-family structure is not located in a wildfire hazard zone requiring a fire resistive roof.