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Old 27.04.2013, 17:47
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Re: Erecting a garden shed?

As every one says, the rules will vary by canton and Gemeinde - and even by neighborhood, if your property falls under a Quartier Gestaltungsplan.

Our experience was much like Camupa's. We were told by the folks at the Gemeinde Bauamt that no formal permit was needed to put up a garden shed, only written permission from the direct neighbors. Three said yes, one said no - not that he objected to our shed, but rather he refused on principle, because granting permission would be giving up some of his rights. (Erm...?) So no shed allowed.

Once informal permission has been refused, the next step would be to try for a formal permit. But that requires engaging an architecht to submit detailed plans, footing the bill for an environmental impact study, calling an extraordinary meeting of the Quartier Generalversammelung for a presentation of the project, posting a notice of application in the newspaper, allowing for a public comment period... and distributing several cases of a very nice wine to smooth over ruffled feathers.

All in all, far too much work and expense to put up a simple DIY-in-an-afternoon garden shed.

Around here, any non-permanent structure over IIRC 60cm requires permission from direct neighbors. Any permanent structure, and any non-permanent structure over either 120 or 200cm, (I forget which) requires a formal building permit.

We have the last laugh on the neighbor who refused permission, though. Without a shed, we have no place to store all our garden stuff - so rather than a nice neat classic wooden shed, suitably geranium'd, he gets to look out at our messy jumble of tools and projects-in-progress strewn across our patio.
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