Letter to the Pilot

Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Building regulations in Alta


On Friday, Aug. 10, I went to the code enforcement officer of Alta to get a permit to put up an 8 x 10 metal storage building on my property. I was told that this type of building is no longer permitted to be built in the residential area of Alta. All storage buildings in the residential area are to be made of wood and the siding on the storage building should match the siding on the home.

I was told that corrugated tin or metal or sheet metal could not be used in this type of building. The building I wanted to put up was advertised as baked-on polyester enamel finish over galvanized steel. The building I wanted would cost $168 and I could put together myself. The same size building built with wood would cost $725 for material and in my case I would have to hire someone to build it. The clerk at the lumberyard told me if they built it the total cost of the building would be $1,025 and that does not include the paint.

Storm Lake, Spencer, Cherokee and Aurelia all permit the same small metal storage building in their residential neighborhoods. I wonder what makes Alta different. A person would think that metal could outlast wood, but I am not going to argue that here. I think one of the most important things about any building is how the owner of the building takes care of it. I have called Alta home for over 35 years. It is a good place to live. But I am afraid that if the type of building that I am talking about is not permitted, it is not being fair to the people of Alta that cannot afford the more expensive building.

What do you think?

Larry Fellows,