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Regulation Children’s playsets

CityWoke

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How do you all treat these? Specifically, ones anchored into the ground with a roofed platform and swings. Accessory structure?
 

Maister

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In the state of Michigan playground equipment are expressly exempt from residential building code, so we are strictly hands off.
 

dw914er

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All of the structures I have come across fall below the size that triggers a building permit in our City.
 

Gedunker

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It's playground equipment. We don't care.
This is what we do.

We did have a big dust up over one in a front yard. The guy's house was legal, nonconforming nearly on the rear PL. There wasn't anywhere else to put it, frankly. Other neighbors must have convinced the complainer to settle down, because nothing formal ever came of it. :nerd:
 

mendelman

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We did have a big dust up over one in a front yard. The guy's house was legal, nonconforming nearly on the rear PL. There wasn't anywhere else to put it, frankly.
That's why it's important to make the distinction between 'front yard' and 'required front yard'. :D
 
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CityWoke

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To clarify, just wondering if your codes require a setback or if it can be up against the property line?
 

mendelman

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To clarify, just wondering if your codes require a setback or if it can be up against the property line?
If I had to regulate these, I would likely just use our standard 5 foot minimum setback for accessory structures/buildings.
 

Faust_Motel

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We don't really regulate them. And I don't really want to and then be called the Childhood Fun Nazi(s).
I did have to throw down over an "adult tree house" once. It was actually built over the subject property's line with subdivision common land that was supposed to be no-build open space. So it became a whole thing.
 
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