You need a permit to build any garage, whether attached to or detached from the house. At any time during the planning or construction of your garage, you can call Building Inspection if you have questions.
Your first step is to talk to Zoning. Your property may have restrictions on garage placement. Zoning staff will tell you if any conditions affect your project. If so, our staff will give you information about next steps.
Zoning at Building Permits: (608) 266-4551, ext. 3.
The maximum height that your garage can be is fifteen (15) feet. Measure height from the ground to a point midway between the eave and top of the roof.
The total area of accessory buildings, including sheds and detached garages, may not exceed 1,000 square feet. Measure area at the ground floor. Conditional use approval may allow a larger total building area.
Driveways must be at least eight (8) feet wide at the sidewalk.
If you want a new driveway opening or to expand an existing driveway opening, check with Zoning staff at (608) 266-4551 and the Engineering Division at (608) 266-4751 to find out the specific requirements in your area.
A detached garage must be at least three (3) feet away from your house or other structures.
A garage should be at least three (3) feet from the rear or side lot lines of your yard.
A garage located in the rear forty (40) feet of your lot most likely meets zoning requirements in your neighborhood.
A garage located along the side of your house requires a setback greater than three (3) feet from the side lot line. Check with Zoning staff for this setback distance.
If your lot is on a corner or is irregularly shaped, the setbacks may be different than described. Show your site plan to city Zoning staff to find out quickly and accurately where you can build your garage and the size it can be.