Can the Police Tell Me that My Friend Can’t Live in My Shed? Can the City?

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“If i have a friend staying in my shed can the cops tell him he cant live in there? Can the city?”

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Most likely yes. Most cities have zoning ordinances and building codes which specify what types of buildings qualify as living units, and how many may be on a particular property. If the local ordinances in your area prohibit such a use, or if the shed is not considered a living unit (few sheds are), then it is very possible that the police or city officials could take action to stop this.

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