Yes, a Zoning Location Permit is required for all agricultural buildings. An agricultural building, (ie; pole barn), is defined as a building located on a parcel of land that is actively being used for agricultural and/or ranching purposes, and which is at least 35 acres in size.
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One story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, chicken coops, and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet, 24-inch overhang, and no more than 12 feet high at the highest point above grade.” Membrane covered metal frame structures; metal covered metal frame structures used for storage sheds 12 feet by 24 feet and smaller.
Note: No accessory structures, on skids or permanent construction, shall be located in the “street side” front or side setback. Only accessory structures on skids may be located in the side or rear easement and/or setback.
Also any repair and maintenance that, in the opinion of the Building Official, will not constitute a structural change and/or a use change to the structure and or threat to the life, health, or safety of the occupants.
Dimensional Standards within the General Agricultural Zone District - Front: Minimum 25’ setback from property line. Sides and Rear: Minimum 10’ setback from property line.
Dimensional Standards within the General Residential Zone District - Front: Minimum 25’ setback from property line. Rear: Minimum 10’ setback from property line. Sides: Minimum 5’ setback from property line.
Fences not over 6’ high do not require a permit.
The minimum lot size for a septic system is one (1) acre. All septic systems must be designed by a licensed engineer.
An Additional Dwelling Unit (ADU) is allowed in Montrose County in the General Agricultural zone district, provided you have a minimum of 1 acre and in the General Residential zone district. You are allowed two homes on the first ten acres and one home & one septic system for each additional ten acres.
The County’s Zoning Resolution may be accessed online at Zoning Resolution Hard Copies of the Zoning Resolution may be purchased from the Planning and Development Department for a cost of $10.