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Shed Permits

Please be advised that all Shed projects require a completed Amherst Building Department Permit Application. Requirements for submitting a Shed Permit Application are found below. Requirements vary based upon whether the work is performed by the Homeowner or by a Registered Contractor.

The Town of Amherst recommends using our Online Permit Application portal (Amherst Permits, Inspections & Inquiries). In person applications may require an appointment and result in delays in the application process.

  1. Completed Shed Permit Application Form
    The Homeowner must complete an Amherst Building Department Shed Permit Application. The online form allows the Homeowner to electronically complete this application and download the completed form (in PDF format). A printable application is also available.

  2. Shed Brochure or picture

  3. Property Survey indicating where on the property the proposed shed will be located - (Shed must be a minimum of 5' from the property line and not be in any easements If the shed is less than 5' it must be fire rated and can not be closer than 3')
  • Detached accessory buildings and structures - $0.50/Square Foot with a minimum fee of $75.00

  1. CE-200 Insurance Exemption Form
    The Homeowner must provide a completed CE-200 insurance exemption form requested from New York State with the Amherst Building Permit Application. Please review the Certificate of Attestation of Exemption (CE-200) Guide for information about how to apply for a CE-200 Exemption Form. New York State will provide a CE-200 certificate upon approval. It is recommended that the Homeowner apply for and receive the CE-200 certificate prior to applying for a Shed Building Permit.

  2. Submission process
    If you have received your CE-200 Exemption Form and completed the Shed Permit Application Form, you are ready to proceed to the Town of Amherst Online Permit Submission Portal. This online portal requires a registered user account. You may also choose to apply by mail or in person (please see instructions below).

    To apply online:
    • If you have not registered, please proceed to the online portal user registration page. The registration process and email confirmation can be accomplished in a few minutes. Once you have received your user account confirmation via email, you may proceed to the online portal login page.
    • If you have already registered, please proceed to the online portal login page.
    • When you reached the application page, you must attach the completed application, brochure of the shed, and survey of the property indicating where the shed will be located in the attachments section.

    To apply by mail or in person:
    • If you choose to apply by mail or in person, you must include a CE-200 Insurance Exemption Form and a completed Shed Permit Application Form, picture or brochure of the proposed shed, survey of the property indicating where the shed will be located, AND a check made out to the Town of Amherst with the accurate fee amount. As noted above, in person applications may require an appointment and result in delays in the application process.
  1. You must be on file as a Registered Contractor with the Town of Amherst.

  2. If you are a Registered Contractor with the Town of Amherst, you must have current insurance certificates on file with the Town of Amherst Building Department. These include:
    • Workers Compensation (Form C105.2 only)
    • Disability (Form DB120.1 only)
    • If you are exempt from Workers’ Compensation and/or Disability Insurance, you must provide a CE-200 Insurance Exemption Form with each permit application. Please review the Certificate of Attestation of Exemption (CE-200) Guide for information about how to apply for a CE-200 Exemption Form. New York State will provide a CE-200 certificate upon approval. It is recommended that the Registered Contractor apply for and receive the CE-200 certificate prior to applying for a Shed Building Permit.

    • If you are unsure what insurance forms you currently have on file with the Town please contact the Building Department at (716) 631-7080.

  3. Submission process
    If you have received your CE-200 Exemption Form or have insurances on file with the Town of Amherst, (C105.2 and DB120.1) and completed the Shed Permit Application Form, you are ready to proceed to the Town of Amherst Permit Submission Portal. This portal requires a registered user account. You may also choose to apply by mail or in person (please see instructions below).

    To apply online:
    • If you have not registered, please proceed to the online portal user registration page. The registration process and email confirmation can be accomplished in a few minutes. Once you have received your user account confirmation via email, you may proceed to the online portal login page.
    • If you have already registered, please proceed to the online portal login page.
    • When you reached the application page, you must attach the completed application, brochure of the shed, and survey of the property indicating where the shed will be located in the attachments section.

    To apply by mail or in person:
    • If you choose to apply by mail or in person, you must include a CE-200 Insurance Exemption Form and a completed Shed Permit Application Form, picture or brochure of the proposed shed, survey of the property indicating where the shed will be located, AND a check made out to the Town of Amherst with the accurate fee amount. As noted above, in person applications may require an appointment and result in delays in the application process.

To schedule a shed permit inspection:

After your permit has been issued by a Code Enforcement Officer, you will be instructed to call your assigned inspector. All calls for Shed permit inspections should be directed to following:

Stephens, Jennifer
Asst. Code Enforcement Officer
jstephens@amherst.ny.us
631-7097


For general questions regarding Shed Permits:

Please visit the Submit a Request page of our Online Permit Application portal (Amherst Permits, Inspections & Inquiries) and choose the submission type of "Building Question". If you have a question regarding where on your property the shed can be placed, please attach a copy of the Property Survey so that we can provide a precise and accurate answer.

Alternatively, you may contact the Building Department at (716) 631-7080.

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