All About Accessory Structures

Phone calls and project proposal forms for accessory structures (storage buildings) come across the Town Planner’s desk on an almost weekly basis. Here are a few helpful points you should know if you are thinking about erecting an accessory structure on your property:

According to Bridgewater Zoning Code, new accessory structures in all residential districts:

  • Must be at least 5 feet off of all property lines;
  • Must be at least 10 feet away from the main structure;
  • Must be no more than 15 feet in height. (see Zoning Code § 6-22.(13);
  • Must NOT be placed in the front yard.

Due to the regulations above, a zoning permit is required for all accessory structures.

Other helpful tips:

  • There may be additional regulations that apply to your specific project. For example, flood proofing measures must be taken for any projects in the Special Flood Hazard Area. To learn more, contact the Town Planner at 908-4212.
  • Permanent structures should not be placed within easements.
  • Moveable structures may be placed within an easement, but please be aware that if any damage occurs to the structure while the easement is being accessed, the property owner is responsible for repairs, NOT the Town or utility company.
  • If you’re not sure where easements are on your property, contact the Town Planner (908-4212) or the Rockingham County Land Records Division.

In addition to your zoning permit, you will need to contact the Rockingham County Community Development Office for a building permit if your proposed accessory structure will:

  • Be 256+ square feet, and/or
  • Have electricity run to it.

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