Storage Sheds

A shed is a small structure used for the storage of items related to or used in connection with a residence. Sheds are accessory buildings and must comply with the Bowie City Code, the Prince George's County Zoning Ordinance and applicable building codes. They must be maintained in good repair, be structurally safe and sound, and free of peeling paint, graffiti, and corrosion. They may not be used for the storage of cars, trucks, cargo vehicles, trailers, boats, commercial business products, or hazardous materials.
Storage shed


A City of Bowie building permit and a Prince George's County building permit are required for:
  • Any shed with a floor area of 150 sq. ft. or more.
  • A second shed or an accessory building, no matter the size.
Permits must be obtained before a shed is erected or delivered to the property.

Bowie City Code

Lots greater than 20,000 sq. ft:

Only the Prince George's County Zoning Ordinance and building codes apply.

Lots 20,000 sq. ft. or less:

  • Floor Area: Maximum 200 sq. ft. including any projections. The total combined area of all accessory structures can not exceed 200 sq. ft. 
  • Building Height: Maximum 15 ft. as measured from the lowest exposed point to the highest exposed point and only one story.
  • Design: If attached to the main building, the shed shall be constructed of similar materials including color and type.
  • Location:
    • Regular lots: Shed may be located only in the rear yard.
    • Corner lots: Shed must be located in the rear yard, but may not be located any closer to the public right-of-way than the main building.

Prince George's County Code

  • Location: Sheds may only be located in the rear yard: however on lots having no rear yard (through lots) and on corner lots where the designated front of the main building faces the side street, the shed may be located in the yard opposite the designated front of the main building. 
  • Setbacks


    2 ft. from the side lot line. 2 ft. from the rear lot line. 


Storage tents are not permitted.

For more information on sheds and other accessory structures, contact the Code Compliance Office as 301-809-3008 or