Is a building permit required? How does Ekodome help with permitting?

Submitting a permit application to building departments

Ekodome structures are designed to be versatile and adaptable, making them suitable for a variety of purposes. While they are typically considered temporary and do not require permits in most cases, it is essential to recognize that regulations can vary depending on the country, state, and county in which you reside. To ensure compliance with local codes, it is crucial to determine the specific purpose for which you plan to use our domes.

Understanding the regulations and requirements of your specific location is vital to avoid any potential legal issues. While there are common national standards that Ekodome structures adhere to, it is the local codes that should be of primary concern. These codes can differ significantly from one area to another, necessitating careful consideration and research before beginning any construction.

For instance, in certain areas like New York, structures under 144 square feet can be built without a permit, but this exemption only applies to sheds or storage buildings. However, if you plan to use the structure as a residence, the minimum size requirement increases to 800 square feet, and additional features such as a septic system, running water, and a full electrical system may be necessary. On the other hand, if you intend to use the dome as a greenhouse, it is often considered a temporary structure and may not require a permit from many building departments.

It is important to note that the responsibility lies with you as the customer to contact your local building department and understand how the codes and regulations apply to your specific situation. They will be able to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information regarding permits and any other requirements that may be necessary.

In addition to ensuring compliance with local codes, it is also essential to consider the structural engineering requirements of your Ekodome. We provide generic structural engineering documents for our Luna, Terra, Stellar, and Cosmos Pro Series kits. However, depending on your location and the specific regulations in place, these documents may need to be sealed and stamped by a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in your state. This is to ensure that the structure meets the necessary safety standards and withstands the environmental conditions of your area.

If required, we can recommend engineering companies that specialize in Ekodome structures and can assist you in using our paperwork to meet the requirements of your local county office. Please keep in mind that there may be a fee associated with obtaining these sealed and stamped documents. By working with these engineering companies, you can have peace of mind knowing that your Ekodome meets all the necessary regulations and is safe for its intended purpose.

In summary, while Ekodome structures are designed to be temporary and often do not require permits, it is crucial to research and understand the specific requirements of your country, state, and county. Contacting your local building department and consulting with professional engineers can provide you with the necessary information and guidance to ensure compliance with all relevant codes and regulations. This will help you create a safe and legally compliant Ekodome structure for your intended use.