New regulation ensures farm buildings used for agriculture
New regulation ensures farm buildings used for agricultureA farm building is a farm building — and it shouldn’t be used for anything else, Douglas County commissioners say.
That’s why last month they approved a regulation requiring anyone constructing a new outbuilding in a rural area for agricultural purposes to complete a form available at the Douglas County Zoning and Codes office, 2108 W. 27th St.
“The process is streamlined, there’s no cost and they’ll be going about their business very quickly,” Commission Chairman Bob Johnson said.
The county already had a requirement that a permit was needed to construct outbuildings in a rural area if the building was to be used for a purpose other than agriculture. Building codes also have to be met. The permit fee is based on a formula involving the cost of the structure and property valuation, said Keith Dabney, zoning and codes director.
No permit is needed and there is no fee for constructing an agriculture building. In addition, it doesn’t have to meet building codes.
Some property owners have taken advantage of that by using the agriculture exemption as a guise. Then there are others who don’t know what the permit regulations are, Dabney said.
There have been plenty of instances when someone has claimed a machine storage building, for example, is for agriculture when it was actually being used for other purposes, Dabney said.
“They may have a tractor, but they also have a boat, jet skis and other things that aren’t agriculture,” he said. “I’ve seen it over and over again.”
LJWorld.com. April 2007.
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