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    Cyburbian ssc's avatar
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    Temporary structure definition?

    We are having difficulties with carports, which are popping up all over the city these days. Installers are telling people they are temporary structures and as such do not need building permits. We are taking the position that they are accessory structures. But, we don't have a definition of temporary structures in our zoning ordinance. Does anyone know of a good definition of temporary structure?

    Thanks so much.

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    From the "Planners Dictionary" PAS Report:
    ■ structure, temporary (See also building, temporary; structure, minor) - Any piece of work that is readily movable and used or intended to be used for a period not to exceed 90 consecutive days. Such structure shall be subject to all applicable property development standards for the district in which it is located. (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

    A structure without any foundation or footing and removed when the designated time period, activity, or use for which the temporary structure was erected has ceased. (Santa Monica, Calif.)

    Any structure that is not attached to a permanent foundation. (Wood River, Ill.)

    A structure which is permitted within a land use district without any foundation or footing and which is removed when the designated time period, activity, or use for which the temporary structure was erected has ceased. (Lake Elsinore, Calif.)

    Abuilding erected for a one-time temporary use, not to exceed one summer season, usually lacking a permanent foundation, not connected to water and sewer, often with open walls, such as open sheds, produce stands, barbecue pits, lean-tos, and tents of all types, in contradistinction to permanent structures that must conform to the Southern Standard Building code. (Dewey Beach, Del.)

    A structure which is erected for not more than a year. Such structures shall include tents, portable bandstands, bleachers, reviewing stands, a mobile home used in conjunction with construction activities or other structures of similar character. Such structures are deemed accessory uses permitted by special permits through special permit granting authority action in accordance with [local code]. (Chelsea, Mass.)
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    or....

    I've dealt with this issue before.....under the Uniform Building Code (UBC), it's a structure in place for less than 180 days (6 months) and set on a permanent foundation. As a City, we just made them illegal because they aren't in compliance with the building code as it pertains to windload (80mph+).
    Forechecking is overrated.

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    From the 2004 Florida Building Code:

    107.1 General.
    The building official is authorized to issue a permit for temporary structures and temporary uses. Such permits shall be limited as to time of service, but shall not be permitted for more than 180 days. The building official is authorized to grant extensions for demonstrated cause.

    107.2 Conformance.
    Temporary structures and uses shall conform to the structural strength, fire safety, means of egress, accessibility, light, ventilation and sanitary requirements of this code as necessary to ensure the public health, safety and general welfare.

    107.3 Temporary power.
    The building official is authorized to give permission to temporarily supply and use power in part of an electric installation before such installation has been fully completed and the final certificate of completion has been issued. The part covered by the temporary certificate shall comply with the requirements specified for temporary lighting, heat or power in Chapter 27 of the Florida Building Code, Building .

    107.4 Termination of approval.
    The building official is authorized to terminate such permit for a temporary structure or use and to order the temporary structure or use to be discontinued.

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    Thanks!

    Wow. Thanks everyone for the replies. I have been trying to get a copy of the Planners Dictionary in our office, but we have $$$ issues...

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