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SHEDS

Zoning Regulations (17:9-19)

Be creative with your shed! It's more to a shed than just storing stuff inside. Make the outside of your shed match the beauty of your home. The following regulations cover the installation of sheds:

Dimensions

Storage sheds shall be considered an accessory structure, and shall not exceed one hundred fifty (150) square feet.  Any shed over 100 SF is required to also get a building permit.


Setbacks

Sheds must be set back from side and rear property lines a minimum three (3) feet to a rear yard property line and three (3) feet to a side yard property line. Sheds are not permitted in the front yard.


Lot Coverage

Each zone has lot coverage requirements. Please be sure that your lot coverage is not over your zone limits or your application will be denied. To look up lot coverage:

  • Find your zone on the zoning map.
  • You can look up your zone's lot coverage limit in this table.
  • Add up the square footage for all structures and paved surfaces on your property. (Note: You may need an engineering scale for this task, and may wish to have the Zoning Office assess the lot coverage during your zoning review instead, which is fine.)
  • Divide your lot size by the total square footage of all structures and paved surfaces. The percentage you are left with (usually between 20% and 60%), will indicate your current lot coverage without the shed. If you add in the shed square footage, will you be under your zone's lot coverage percentage?

The time period of occupancy of such trailer shall not exceed six (6) months, provided however, that the Zoning Officer may extend the time period of occupancy for an additional time period of occupancy for an additional time period of up to three (3) months due to exceptional circumstances within the initial six (6) month time period. However, in no instance shall such trailer be occupied for a time period to exceed nine (9) months, unless extended by the Planning Board. 

Temporary/PODS


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Shed Zoning Application


SUBMISSION CHECKLIST:

[   ] Completed Zoning Application (Development Permit Application). Please specify the dimensions and height.

[   ] $20.00 business check, money order or cashier's check

[   ] A copy of the property survey marking where the shed will go and the distance to the the side and rear property lines.

Shed Zoning Application


SUBMISSION CHECKLIST:

[   ] Completed Zoning Application (Development Permit Application). Please specify the dimensions and height.

[   ] $20.00 business check, money order or cashier's check

[   ] A copy of the property survey marking where the shed will go and the distance to the the side and rear property lines.

File the permit for your shed by clicking the button below and printing the zoning application. Submit the application along with your property survey and a business check, money order or cashier's check for $20.00 to the Plainfield Building Division. No cash, cards or personal checks are accepted. Sorry :( .


The Zoning Board of Adjustment presides over applications that need variances. If your shed proposal does not meet the above provisions of the Land Use Ordinance, you probably need a variance. The variance process is a longer process than a normal zoning application and requires a board hearing, a 45 day review period by the Planning Division, and a $500 escrow for residential applications and $1,000 for commercial applications, along with fees. To learn more about the Zoning Board process, please contact the Planning Division at (908) 753-3391.

Zoning Board of Adjustment