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Bartow is approaching the time of year where afternoon thunderstorms will be common and hurricane season is just around the corner.

Temporary and/or accessory structures (garden gazebos, picnic tents, temporary garages etc.) have become very popular and are being used by more and more people. During the high wind storms that Bartow experienced several weeks ago, we saw that many of these type structures had been damaged or destroyed. Several of them had been blown off of the properties where they had originally been erected and were in neighbor’s yards or even across the street. Thankfully, we received no reports of any additional property damage or injuries.

It is important to remember that these types of structures are not designed nor intended to be used on a permanent basis. They do not meet any of the applicable portions of the Standard Building Code.

The City of Bartow Unified Land Development Code 2.05.00 (B) states “All accessory structures shall comply with the Standard Building Code and all standards of this code pertaining to the principal use”.

Starting July 1st, Code Enforcement will begin citing property owners who leave temporary structures in place on their property for more than 2 days in a 7 day period.

Last updated: 5/20/2011 2:22:55 PM