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What Kind of Enclosed Patio Doesn’t Require A Permit?

What Kind of Enclosed Patio Doesn’t Require A Permit?

When building anything varying from a patio to a small cabinet, you require a permit. A permit is always required whenever you want to build something, and the property is not your own; even if it is your own, you would require a permit to show it to the government. 

Every state has its own rules and regulations for permits. A few of the things which require a permit are attached patio covers (or similar shade structure like a gazebo) accessories for sheds/structures of any size if they are attached to your main house, detached patio covers (like gazebos), or accessories for structure/shed within 120 square feet of area. 

Sometimes an analysis of the structure is also necessary to check your patio’s shape if it is different and the tiles. It is suggested that you should consult your local permit office about the measurements you can include in your patio. 

They can tell you how much length and height you can put up for your patio, how much building coverage you can take, property line setbacks, all before you submit your plans or blueprints. 

Those structures which do not require a building permit are detached patio covers, playhouses, tool, and storage sheds, all build less than 120 square feet and more generous or less than 8 feet in height, extending beyond your main house can be built without the need of a permit. However, every state has its guidelines to be followed, so make sure to check it with your local permit office.

Detached Patio Covers – While some opt for having their enclosed patios just adjacent to the main house so that you don’t have to take all your stuff and go out, some also prefer to make the most use of their garden and have a detached patio to make the most of those fun ad cheerful evenings. 

A detached cover patio transforms your garden into a lively patio. It is made for you to enjoy every season while sitting outside, which I am sure everyone loves to. With the patio covers, you are protected from too much sun, dust, and even rain to come in your way of a relaxed evening. 

And to make it even more comfortable, you can install an outdoor kitchen in your patio so that you don’t have to go back and forth into your kitchen to get the drinks and food. 

The best patio cover which you can include for a detached patio is side covers. A side structure is the best for a detached patio; you can open half or full, or not at all. Having a little patio like this in your garden makes it a little garden room, hobby room, or a special place for children to play.

Many patio covers can make your detached patio look like a different place to sit and enjoy your time. Some of them are- 

Algarve – This is a sleek patio covers with louvers. You can easily add any screen for your protection. It has a slender support structure, and the screws are concealed so that they don’t show; it has an extensive range of side elements, and it goes up to 19.69ft x 19.69ft without any additional column. 

It comes in various color combinations. Its Unique Classic Line has decorative frames and extra ornamentation, which means that your patio will always blend it with its style and color. 

Camargue – It is a louvered patio with endless possibilities, both with the structure, covers, and other accessories. Everything is beautifully customized to the last inch; it has the advantage to be refitted; it comes with wide ranges of side elements. 

Their side elements feature glass walls, zip shades, pergola curtains, Plinius wall, linarite wall, integrated fix screen, loggia sliding panels, and loggia canvas quick access. 

These are for anyone who loves a sleek and classic beautiful finish to their patio. Their shelters protect you from any debris, rain, or hot sun to come through. The roof of this patio is made with aluminum louvers, and is remote-controlled, so that you can on it during winters, or even during summers, to get a tan. 

Camargue Skye – This is for all the roof lovers out there. It comes with a fully retractable roof making it easy to adjust through all seasons, durable rotation, and sliding technology. All the accessories are beautifully paced. It can be easily retrofitted. 

It gives you a feeling of being in the open while staying protected. It allows the maximum amount of sunlight to enter through, especially during winters.

It keeps the debris, dust, and rain away from you and let you stare at the sky for hours. You can either choose the roof to be freestanding or attached to the facade.


The only enclosed patios that do not require any permit or those long walks to your local permit office are the detached patios. There are no specific regulations or guidelines for those patios since they are built separately on your land.

Detached patios have their advantages; they do not cover up your garden but make your garden look more beautiful with a separate, petite house. There is plenty of patios covers, too, which you can use that do not require a permit.

There are many varied structures and accessories that you can use, like panels, or sunrooms, or lightning, etc. 

Why have a patio attached to your house when you can completely change your garden and install it there?

Sandra Ruiz
With a Master's in Environmental Design from Yale University, Sandra Ruiz has dedicated 15 years to reshaping living spaces. Her career started in urban planning, then transitioned to home renovation, where she has left a mark. Sandra became part of our team in 2020, quickly establishing herself with her innovative approaches to space utilization and energy efficiency. She is passionate about hiking, often drawing inspiration from nature for her designs. Her approach seamlessly blends practicality with aesthetic appeal, making her a go-to expert for homeowners and design enthusiasts alike.

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