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Question

If someone constructed a garage building on their property in the county without a permit for proper setbacks 20 years ago, would they be required to tear it down?

Answer

The answer depends on several factors, according to Kanitha Englebert, administrative assistant in the Douglas County department of zoning and codes. She said the building could have been built originally as a barn, which would change coding requirements. The setback requirements also could have been different 20 years ago from what they are now. If the building was built without a permit, the office asks for people to come in and get a permit now so the department can inspect it. Englebert said anyone who was unclear about a property and whether it had the proper permits should call the office at 331-1343.

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