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CIRCULAR DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT Building a Detached Garage Current Information Circular 9 Planning and Development The purpose of this handout is to help you prepare an acceptable application package for a building permit for a Division detached garage or similar accessory building in the City of Prince George. Phone: 561-7611 COMMON QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Fax: 561-7721 1) DO I NEED A BUILDING PERMIT FOR A GARAGE OR ACCESSORY BUILDING? Yes. You must obtain a building permit for a garage (attached or detached, carport, and accessory building) if it is more than 108 sq. ft. If you are constructing an accessory building of less than 108 sq. ft., and it does not create a hazard, a building permit is not required but you must comply with the Zoning Bylaw. 2) IS THERE ANY RESTRICTION REGARDING SETBACKS? Yes. There are restrictions in the Zoning Bylaw. You This guide has been prepared to provide are required to confirm the setbacks with the Current convenient information Planning and Development Division. Please see the only. It is neither a bylaw attached examples of the most common nor a legal document. If any contradiction circumstances. between this guide and the relevant Municipal 3) CAN I BUILD AN ACCESSORY BUILDING THAT IS TWO Bylaws and/or applicable codes is STORIES? found, such bylaws No. Detached garages and accessory buildings can and/or codes shall be only be one storey in height to a maximum of: the legal authority. 20.0 m = AF zone 15.0 m = AR1 zone 6.0 m = AG, AR2 and AR3 zones 5.0 m = RS1to RS4, RT1 to RT3, and RM1to RM7 Doc. #120848 4) Is there a maximum size for an accessory building for certain zones? Yes. Certain zones have maximum size requirements. Please see below: RS1 to RS4, and RT1 to RT2 zones the total combined gross floor areas of accessory buildings and structures on a site shall not exceed the greater of 50% of the ground floor area of the principal building on the site or 90.0 m2. RS3 the total combined gross floor areas of accessory buildings and structures on a site shall not exceed the greater of 50% of the ground floor area of the principal building on the site or 70.0 m2. RS4 the total combined gross floor areas of accessory buildings and structures on a site shall not exceed the greater of 50% of the ground floor area of the principal building on the site or 60.0 m2. RT3 indicates buildings located on common property are not accessory buildings and need to comply with the provisions for principal buildings. Please talk to a planner in the Current Planning & Development Division for more information. Sample Drawing You may find additional and/or specific information in other handouts available in this series. Please review the “Information Circular Directory” for these. 4) AM I REQUIRED TO INSULATE AND FINISH THE INTERIOR OF THE DETACHED GARAGE? No, only if you prefer to do so. 5) DO I NEED TO PLACE POLY UNDER MY GARAGE SLAB? No, but poly placed between the ground and concrete will keep water from draining out of the fresh concrete while it is setting, giving you a stronger slab. 6) CAN I BUILD A DETACHED GARAGE ON A FLOATING SLAB? Yes, you can build a detached garage or accessory building on a floating slab only if the area is less than 592 sq. ft. (about 24' x 24'). Larger buildings must be supported by a 4' deep frost wall on strip footings or have an engineered foundation. The maximum size of a detached garage or accessory building in a UR or SRS zoned property is 969 sq. ft. (about 30'x 32'). SETBACKS FOR INTERIOR LOTS Roadway (Front) Principal Building WITH carport/garage or lane access Front: 4.5m (15 ft) 4.5m Side: 1.2m (4 ft) Rear: 6.0m (20 ft) Existing Dwelling with Garage 1.2m or Carport 1.2m Accessory Building Side: 1.2m (4 ft) Rear: 1.2m (4 ft) 6.0m 1.2m Accessory Building 1.2m For new additions and accessory buildings, a legal survey certificate is not necessary if the 1.2 m (4ft) setback is increased by 50% Roadway (Front) Principal Building WITHOUT carport/garage or lane access Front: 4.5m (15 ft) 4.5m Side: 1.2m (4 ft) one side and Existing 4.5m (15 ft) other side Dwelling without Rear: 6.0m (20 ft) 4.5m Garage or 1.2m Carport Accessory Building 6.0m Side: 1.2m (4 ft) Rear: 1.2m (4 ft) 1.2m Accessory Building 1.2m SETBACKS FOR CORNER LOTS Principal Building WITH carport/garage or lane access Roadway Front: 4.5m (15 ft) (Front) Side: Interior - 1.2m (4 ft) Exterior – 3.0m (10 ft) Rear: 6.0m (20 ft) 4.5m S Accessory Building Existing Dwelling i with Garage or d Side: Interior - 1.2m (4 ft) 1.2m Carport 3.0m e Exterior – 3.0m (10 ft) S t r Rear: 1.2m (4 ft) e e 6.0m t 1.2m Accessory Building 1.2m Principal Building WITHOUT carport/garage or lane access Roadway Front: 4.5m (15 ft) (Front) Side: Interior - 1.2m (4 ft) Exterior – 6.0m (20 ft) OR 4.5m Interior – 4.5m (15 ft) Existing Exterior – 3.0m (10 ft) 1.2m Dwelling without 6.0m S i Rear: 6.0m (20 ft) 4.5m Garage or 3.0m d Carport e S t Accessory Building r 6.0m e Side: Interior – 1.2m (4 ft) e t Exterior – 3.0m (10 ft) 1.2m Accessory Building Rear: 1.2m (4 ft) 1.2m SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR A BUILDING PERMIT 1) See Information Circular No. 1 for general information regarding planning the project, requirements for a building permit (including complete drawings and truss details, etc.), permit fee and the process. 2) Submit two sets of drawings consisting of site, foundation and floor plans, cross- sections, elevations and engineered truss details indicating all materials and measurements of the proposed garage. The more complete your drawings are, the faster your building permit will be approved. 3) The attached sample drawings are examples only and cannot be reproduced or used as part of your submission.