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I have had a hoop house built through the USDA office. I was told I did not need a permit. The building inspector sited an ordinance through City of Burton referring to it as n accessory structure. My property is considered a farm. I will be growing plants from the ground which is why this property was purchased. It seems that it will fall under " does not fit within the aboveemtioned criteria.Cam I get your feedback, please #817082

Asked November 30, 2022, 1:52 PM EST

Is hoop house considered accessory structure. I have a small farm l.

City of Burton is stating land Useage criteria. I believe it falls within " does not meet criteria."


Genesee County Michigan

Expert Response

Hello Venus,

Thank you for reaching out to MSU Extension with your question about hoop houses and accessory structures.

I apologize but it is a little hard to give feedback because I am a little unsure where you were quoting from and what criteria you are referring to. That being said I am going to give it my best shot.

Local governments in Michigan have the ability to adopt zoning ordinances to regulate the use of the land. It looks like the City of Burton does have zoning (their ordinance can be found here). That zoning divides the city into different districts and established the standards for what uses are allowed, setbacks, height, etc.
This article from MSU Extension goes into some more deatils about what zoning is and some things that property owners may want to be aware of: "When buying property, be sure to check the local zoning ordinance"


What I am thinking may have happened is this... The city has decided to regulate accessory building, defined in the ordinance as "A subordinate building or a portion of a main building, the use of which is incidental to that of the main building, and which is located on the same parcel of property with the principal use". And while the hoop house may not have needed a building permit, something about the placement violated the zoning ordinance.
It may be a good idea to reach out to the building inspector or other city staff, like the zoning administrator, to discuss the specifics of your situation. They should be able to help you understand the city's ordinances and may even have suggestions for how to correct any potential violations.

If I am misunderstanding something or you have additional questions  please don't hesitate to reach out and best of luck with the hoop house.
Tyler Augst Replied November 30, 2022, 2:47 PM EST
I am going to try to summarize each criteria.


On Wed, Nov 30, 2022 at 2:57 PM, Venus Spence
Well, I was told by the USDA that I did not need a permit, that there were more than one hoop house they assisted with as a federally funded program.  It's the last criteria where it talks about other or other circumstances because it is not permanent and it is temporary and it is being used to cover crops which the whole purpose of purchasing the property is for farming. I do not live there all the time. Idk....


On Wed, Nov 30, 2022 at 2:48 PM, Ask Extension
The Question Asker Replied November 30, 2022, 3:01 PM EST
Well, I was told by the USDA that I did not need a permit, that there were more than one hoop house they assisted with as a federally funded program.  It's the last criteria where it talks about other or other circumstances because it is not permanent and it is temporary and it is being used to cover crops which the whole purpose of purchasing the property is for farming. I do not live there all the time. Idk....


On Wed, Nov 30, 2022 at 2:48 PM, Ask Extension
The Question Asker Replied November 30, 2022, 3:01 PM EST
Venus,

If it would be easier my office number is (269) 657-8213 if you would like to call talk through things.
Tyler Augst Replied November 30, 2022, 3:04 PM EST

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