Shipping Container Permits: What You Need to Know



If you're considering the addition of a shipping container to your property, the question of whether you need a permit is likely on your mind. The answer isn't one-size-fits-all, as permit requirements vary across cities, counties, and states. In this blog, we'll provide a brief overview of scenarios where obtaining a permit might be necessary and the types of regulations you could encounter.


Situations Requiring Permits:

Temporary Structure on Commercial Property:

-Placing a shipping container temporarily on commercial property generally doesn't need a permit.

-If the container becomes a permanent fixture, a building permit is often required, even if the intention is to relocate or dismantle it.


Supplemental Structure in Residential Areas:

-Homeowners using containers as tool sheds or hobbyist spaces may or may not require a permit.

-Some areas consider these additions as temporary structures, while others may demand permits due to the industrial appearance of containers.


Container Homes:

-Converting shipping containers into permanent residences requires compliance with building codes.

-Constructing container homes involves building permits, inspections, and governmental oversight to ensure safety and adherence to regulations.


When considering a shipping container for your property, several regulations might come into play:

Zoning of Property:

-Zoning laws separate commercial and residential areas.

-Local zoning offices provide information on building standards applicable to containers.


Permits and Building Codes:

-Permits are necessary for container construction.

-Check with the Building Division to determine permit requirements for your intended use.


Codes Pertaining to Container Homes:

-The International Code Council (ICC) incorporated container homes into the 2021 International Building Code (IBC).

 -Specific building codes apply to container homes, differing from traditional houses.


HOA Rules and Deed Restrictions:

-House Owner Associations and Deed Restrictions may require specialized permits.

-Duration and purpose of container placement influence permit requirements.


While the regulatory landscape may seem complex, understanding local government and HOA requirements is key. To ensure a smooth process, consult with your municipal or county-level government, and once you have the green light, we are ready to assist with your container needs. Navigating shipping container permits doesn't have to be daunting. With transparency about your intentions and compliance with local regulations, incorporating containers into your property can be a seamless experience.





Stay informed, stay compliant, and unlock the possibilities of container use! Contact us for more information:

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