There are structures that residents are interested in constructing that do not require building permits and are not included in the list of structures requiring zoning permits. These structures have the potential to violate the city’s zoning code and these structures should be evaluated for compliance with the zoning code before they are constructed.
There are structures that are exempted from the state’s building permit requirements that have the potential to violate the city’s zoning code. Since the city’s zoning code regulates things like setbacks, height, and impervious surfaces, violations of the zoning code can disturb adjacent property owners, interfere with drainage and utility easements, and lead to drainage and stormwater issues. Historically, it has been much easier for the city to prevent these issues by identifying potentially problematic structures before they are constructed through the review of zoning permits than to try to address these issues after a structure has been installed.
Currently, the section of the City Code lists structures that require zoning permits; however, the list is not exhaustive and there are structures for which no permit is required. Staff proposes amending this section of the Code to clarify that all structures require a zoning permit.
The following section of the Chanhassen City Code is subject to changes:
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