Thinking about home improvement project? Check with city officials first

SAULT STE. MARIE — More city residents might consider doing some home improvement projects as the weather warms up, but here are some things you should be aware of prior to starting your project. 

Kelly Freeman administers the city’s zoning ordinance, which explains what land is developed and used throughout the city for things like fences, decks, sheds, and detached garages. The ordinance establishes requirements for height, size, and location on property. This is in contrast to the building code, which is more concerned with how something is built. 

If someone wants to build a 24×24 two-car garage, the zoning ordinance regulates the size and height of the structure as well as where it can go on the property. An example would be “x” distance away from the property lines and “y” distance from the house. The building code, administered by Steve Akkanen, building official, will regulate how it goes together, such as the roof trusses and their spacing, how the walls are built, how much rebar is in the floor slab and so on.

Janelle B. Smith

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