Location. Will your pole barn structure need to tap into existing water, sewer, and electrical lines? The services should be easily accessible for your location, or it could become very costly. Ask the construction company you appointed to design and build your pole barn for advice on your preferred locations, as they are knowledgeable about most location limitations.
Level. Pole barns can be built on unlevel ground, gravel, or dirt without any need to prepare a level bed or pour concrete foundations. With post-frame construction, poles form the structural framing instead of bricks or wood, and are set a few feet into the ground, then cemented. When Peak Pole Barns and Manufacturing designs a building, the structure leveling and preferred site layout are considered.
Drainage. Drainage is important because standing water can become a health and safety risk to the structure, as well as the goods or animals kept inside. Choose a site where melted snow and rainwater will flow away from the barn.
Understanding The Permits Required for Pole Barns
Generally, building a pole barn in Colorado Springs does require a barn permit. Depending on where you live, you can contact the El Paso County Planning and Community Development Department, as they review building plans for Land Use and zoning requirements. The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD) issues permits and collects the fees. We look at three permit aspects you need to understand before committing to pole barn construction. Even if you live in other areas, Peak Pole Barns and Manufacturing can assist with the permit process.
Zoning regulations. Zoning divides a municipality into residential, commercial, and industrial districts (zones). Within each zone, there are regulations that state what can and cannot be done and are often very detailed. Examples of this are:
- Specific requirements on the type of buildings allowed.
- Location of utility lines
- Restrictions on accessory buildings, building setbacks from the streets and other boundaries
- Size and height of buildings
- Number of rooms in a building.
In areas of historic or cultural significance, zoning regulations might require certain features to be preserved.
Building codes. Building codes are regulations that determine the design, construction, and materials used in a building, based on agreed safety standards within a specific area, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In the State of Colorado, local towns adopted the following building codes:
- 2012 International Building Code (IBC)
- 2015 International Plumbing Code (IPC)
- 2014 National Electric Code (NEC)
- 2015 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC).
Covenants. A covenant is a written agreement between two or more parties for the performance of some action, and these are additional rules to zoning regulations. Many developments have restrictive covenants that aim to “preserve, protect and enhance property values”. Restrictive covenants include architectural and maintenance restrictions, as well as use restrictions controlling parking, pets etc.