Planning for permit and zoning requirements for storage containers

–To get the best use of your Atascadero storage container, be sure to learn about your city or county’s zoning requirements. Some cities might only allow a storage container in certain places or might prohibit even a temporary container in a driveway. Rural areas might be very liberal about where the container is placed or its size. Some zoning requires a minimum amount of acreage or lot size. If you live in a rural neighborhood that has formed a homeowner’s association (HOA), your container project might be subject to some additional requirements that are listed in the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs).

Nothing is more frustrating then to be part way into a great project only to have the government knocking on your door with warnings and threats of fines. Before starting your container project, call your city or county’s planning department and ask a few questions. Keep in mind that some zoning regulations might use the term “shipping” or “cargo” container instead of “storage.”

Some of the questions you may want to ask include:

1. What size of storage container can you have at your address?

2. Where can you place the container? Whether you are using it in a residential area or a commercial area may determine where you can put it.

3. What if your plans call for more than one container? How many can you have on your property?

4. Do you need a permit to set up a storage container on your property? Depending on how you are customizing your container, you may need a building permit. Connecting to a public electric supply, installing a pad, even grading to level the ground it will be on are things that might require a permit.

5. Is your container for temporary use or do you plan on it being a permanent addition to your property?

6. Are there any safety requirements? An all steel container might be fire resistant, but things like leaving a safe exit distance between the doorway and an adjoining building can make a difference during an earthquake or some other natural disaster.

Knowing what your local zoning requirements are before starting your project help you make some important decisions, especially if you are having your container customized. You will be able to modify your plans before the installation, saving time and minimizing unexpected expenses.

Here at Container Stop, we are always ready to answer your questions and provide as much assistance as possible. Give us a call at (805) 441-0883.

You can also request an online quote. <http://www.containerstop.com/request-a-quote/.

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