YardPods Are Way Better Than Sheds. For experienced DIYers and Pro Builders, a YardPod is the perfect backyard building solution that is better than traditional shed-class structures such as Tuff Shed or home brew. Every YardPod provides for residential-grade design and building standards for comfort, beauty, function and durability. YardPods are not storage sheds!
Q1: What is a YardPod?
A: A YardPod is a well-designed, modern, high-quality, insulated stand-alone building of 120 sq.ft. or less, designed for use as a Home Office or Studio.
Q2: Are Permits required?
A: Most local authorities allow such buildings to be built without permits. Some restrict them to be only used as storage sheds, some (like the City of San Rafael City) only allow them with full Planning and Building Permits.
Q3: Do YardPods comply with Building Codes?
A: YardPods are well-constructed small buildings, but they are not designed to fully comply with Building codes, to do so would double the cost.
Q4: Do YardPods have to comply with Planning Codes?
A: Yes. Building setbacks from the boundary and height limits are the most common regulations impacting YardPod design and placement. In some areas (San Francisco), there is a height limit of 8ft above grade to top of roof, meaning that internal headroom has to be reduced.
Q5: Can I build a larger (than 10×12) YardPod?
A: In most jurisdictions, the maximum size of an Accessory Building that can be built without permits is 120 sq. ft. There are some exceptions in agricultural zones.
Q6: Can I use my YardPod as a temporary guest bedroom?
A: According to the local authority codes, you are not allowed to use a YardPod as a “Living Space,” that is one where people live or sleep. In practice, many YardPod owners let family or guests stay in the YardPod overnight.
Q7: Can I rent out my YardPod on Airbnb?
A: Legally, No. Any such building would need to be built to code. See Q6, above.
Q8: Can I add a bathroom?
A: No. Once a bathroom is added, the building becomes a “Living Unit.” See Q6, above.
Q9: Can you advise me what I can and cannot build?
A: Yes, YardPods staff would be happy to provide you with a free telephone consultation.