Storm Shelter

Construction of a storm shelter requires an accessory structure permit. Electrical or plumbing construction work in conjunction with storm shelter construction requires separate permit(s).

A storm shelter is defined as an enclosed accessory structure designed to protect occupants from violent weather events. A maximum of two accessory structures are allowed per lot or property.

Storm shelters may be placed in the garage or above ground or underground in the side or rear yard. If located in a side yard, a storm shelter shall not extend closer to the front property line than the front of the house. A storm shelter must be set back 6 feet from side and rear property lines. For corner lots, a storm shelter must be set back 15 feet from the side yard lot line adjacent to a street.

For underground storm shelters installed in existing garage concrete foundations, an engineered foundation plan must be provided.

Submittal Requirements: (See accessory structure permit application for details)

  • Accessory Structure Permit Application
  • Construction plans
  • Plot plan
  • Fee: $30 (less than 120 square feet); $75 (120 to 250 square feet); $0.50/square foot (greater than 250 square feet)
  • HOA approval letter (for accessory structures on residential lots within a neighborhood with a homeowners association)
Submittal Method: Accessory structure permit application and payment must be submitted in person by homeowner or contractor.