Missouri Shed Permits | Things You Need To Know

Dan Salinger - June 9, 2023

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You did it! You found the shed you want. And this shed has everything, a loft, double doors for easy ride-in access for your mower, and windows. Everything is going just great until your shed builder says: “Do you have your permit in place for this project?” You feel a flush of embarrassment and realize you have no idea what they are talking about. It’s ok. We’ve helped hundreds of people get their permit needs squared away. So buckle up. We are here to help you get your shed permitting needs set into motion.

*While we at 5-Star Building do not take care of your building permits, we are here to help you succeed. We want to help point you in the right direction so that having your shed brought to your property is as easy as possible.

Do All Sheds Need A Permit In Missouri?

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No, not all sheds need a permit in Missouri. However, this is widely variable and based on the location where the shed will be. Generally speaking, our smallest shed of 8×12 measurements (96 square feet)  should not need a building permit, no matter where you are located in Missouri. Anything that is less than 100 square feet seldom falls into the required permit category.

In fact, about 70% of the buildings we create for our customers never need to have a permit.

However, it is best practice to check with your HOA and local ordinances to ensure that the codes have not changed in your area.

Do I Need Blue Prints From My Shed Builder?

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Sometimes your municipality may request blueprints of the shed that you are planning to construct and place on your property. To obtain the blueprints that you need, you should contact your builder. They will be able to create the blueprint plans for you; then, you can send them to the municipal office. There may be a small fee associated with these plans, so be sure to ask your shed builder how they go about this process.

Can My Shed Permit Be Denied?

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Yes, your shed permit can be denied. The municipal government has the final say as to what can be done on your property as far as building permits. Additionally, the local government may grant your permit request, and then the HOA may disapprove your plans. For this reason, we recommend that you work your steps in the following way.

  1. HOA approval for the size of your building
  2. Contact Your Municipality for more information
  3. Design your Shed on Our 3-D Builder
  4. Submit Your Plans to the municipality
  5. Prepare your shed site
  6. Have your shed delivered 
  7. Enjoy using your shed

Doing the steps in this suggested order will ensure that you are able to have the most hassle-free process in having your new shed placed.

Will My Shed Builder Take Care Of Getting My Shed Permit?

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You are responsible for obtaining your shed permits. At 5-Star Buildings, we are happy to assist you with the blueprints and building, but we do not obtain the permits for you. If you have additional questions, let us knwo, and we will be happy to assist you where we can.

Where Can I Find Shed Permit Requirements For Missouri?

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We serve a lot of areas in the state of Missouri. Each one seems to have a different standard of what is acceptable for shed requirements. To get to their websites, click the town name below, and you will be directed to their local website, which should assist you in finding their building code guidelines. 

Jefferson City




St. Robert










What Are Common Requirements For Shed Placement In Missouri?

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As you can see from the above link each area of Missouri has different regulations that must be followed when adding a shed to your property. Not all municipalities require the same thing; in fact, some have no restrictions at all. On the other hand, some HOAs can be a bit of a bear to work with. 

For the purpose of this blog, we will focus on the area of Arnold, Missouri.  All of this information is readily available on their website. The purpose of this section is to educate you on what a municipality may require for successful shed installation.

Shed Permits In Arnold, Missouri

What Size Shed Needs A Permit?

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In Arnold, Missouri, any shed that is over 200 square feet must have a permit. This means that any of our sheds that are 12×16 should not need a permit for your property. This means that all the following sheds could be acceptable without permits12x16, 12×12, 10×16, 10×12, 8×16, 8×12.

How Close To The Property Line Can My Shed Be Located?

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If your shed is 120 square feet or less, there are no setback property guidelines in place. However, if your shed is greater than 120 square feet, there are two major guidelines that must the followed. The first is the shed must be 15 feet from the rear property line. The second is that it must be 8 feet away from the side Property line.

Who Do I Contact About Shed Permit Information?

The best way to find out what you need for your shed in Arnold, MO, is to check out the website https://www.arnoldmo.org/. However, if you wish to talk to a live person about a permit, you can call 636-282-2378.

How Much Does A Shed Permit Cost?

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Shed permits in Arnold, MO, have different costs depending on the size of your building. So long as you are under 200 square feet, you should not need to purchase a shed permit. To know how much your permit will cost, contact the city office, and they will be happy to assist you with any associated costs. 

Will My Shed Need To Be Anchored To The Ground?

At this time, the city of Arnold’s website does not specify if your shed needs to be anchored to the ground. However, we advise contacting the office if you are unsure.

What Is The Largest Shed I Can Have On My Property?

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At this time, there are no regulations as to what size shed you can have on your property in Arnold, MO. However, be advised that the size of your shed may be determined by your HOA or other governing bodies where you reside. In addition to this, it is important to remember what is required of your shed distancing in relation to the property lines surrounding you. (Pictured is our Estate Cabin. However, whether you purchase a cabin, shed, or garage, all of our products are built to the same residential standards you need and want.)

How Big Is Your Shed Dream?

At 5 Star Buildings, we specialize in building the dream that you have. Take a look at our 3-D builder to see what shed design you can come up with. When you are ready to have your shed built, contact us, and we will get to work on your project as quickly as we can.