Post-Frame Zoning Requirements

Post-Frame Structures Are Not Pole Buildings

Some local governing bodies have sought to exclude "pole barns" from specific zones. Post-frame structures are sometimes mistakenly labeled "pole barns" or "pole buildings."

Unlike pole barns, post-frame uses rectangular solid-sawn posts and laminated columns. Very few, if any, professional builders use round poles instead of square posts or laminated columns.

Therefore, if a zoning ordinance specifies that "pole barns" or "pole buildings" be prohibited, this should not be taken to infer that post-frame buildings are also prohibited.

Restriction of any specific type of construction that is code-approved could imply an illegal restriction of trade.

Post-frame buildings are fully capable of accomodating local zoning regulations. View more post-frame projects »

Post-Frame Buildings and Zoning Aesthetics Ordinances

Zoning ordinances may apply construction restrictions based on aesthetic considerations.

There are certain aesthetic aspects of external building appearance that may become the focus of zoning ordinance restrictions. The following points may be important when considering building appearance:

  • Specifying types of roofing and/or siding that may or may not be allowed.
  • Minimum/maximum roof slope.
  • Minimum eave overhang.
  • Type of gutters and other watershed devices selected for proper drainage.
  • Awnings or other suitable overhead coverings for porches or other building features not covered by roof overhang.
  • Porches or architectural entryways over entryways facing public streets.
  • Minimum number of windows per linear foot of wall fronting a public street.

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Post-Frame Construction Allows Use of Architectural Features

There are many ways to enhance the curb appeal of buildings.

  • Roof options: eave overhang, fascia, Mansard, Dutch, clerestory hip, or gables.
  • Horizontal steel siding, standing seam roofing and/or other options that conceal fasteners.
  • Color-coordinated fasteners, wainscoting, and trim.
  • Brick, cultured stone, wood, or other wainscoting to compliment metal siding.
  • New metal panel and roofing options that mimic other materials, such as stucco, tile, or other textures.
  • Coating or covering steel siding with products such as board and batten siding, EIFS, architectural foam, and other materials.
  • Different exterior finishes curbside, while taking advantage of the economy and durability offered by metal cladding on non-curbside portions of the building.
  • Panels with higher-quality substrates and coating systems that will resist corrosion, chalking, and fading over longer periods of time.
  • Building setback, location of loading docks, screening of outdoor storage, landscaping, signage, compatible uses, and other factors.

Post-frame buildings may have almost any type of external appearance, and can meet the highest aesthetic demands.