Maximum Shed Size Without Permit

How to figure out the maximum shed size without permit:

Most major Canadian Municipalities allow for a maximum shed size without permit of  10 square metres or 107 square feet.

Sheds such as our 10 x 108 x 108 x 12 can typically be build in most Metro Vancouver Municipalities without a building permit.

If you want to build a shed larger than the maximum shed size allowed without permit you will need to obtain a building permit from your local municipality.

Figuring out the maximum shed size without permit in your local municipality is easy.

  1. Call your Municipalities Building Department.
  2. Ask them these three question;
    • “I’d like to build a shed in my backyard. What’s the maximum shed size without a permit”.
    • “Do you measure that by the Roof-Print or the Foot-Print”?
    • “Is there somewhere on your website I can download this information.
Determining the Maximum Shed Size Without Permit

Roof-Print Vs. Foot-Print

The Roof-print or the Foot-print question is really important as each calculation will result in a different shed size.

The roof-print measures the extreme outside corners of the roof overhangs while the foot-print measures the extreme outside corners of the walls/siding.

If you measure the shed by the RED Roof-Print you get 12 x 12 = 144 Sq/Ft

If you measure the shed by the GREEN Foot-Print you get 10 x 10 = 100 Sq/Ft

Same Shed, 2 different sizes. Determining how your municipality measures is very important the last thing you want to do is build your shed too large.


3 Tip For Dealing With Your Building Department:

  • Always Be Polite – Seems simple but you’d be amazed at how far this can get you.
  • If quoted a specific bylaw or zoning regulation always ask for a paper copy for your records.
  • When possible always try and deal with the same person for all your questions.

Here’s some links to Metro Vancouver Municipal Websites:

North Vancouver District
North Vancouver City
West Vancouver
Port Coquitlam
Port Moody
Maple Ridge
Pitt Meadows
White Rock

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