Passersby on Pine Avenue might notice a small building in the side yard at 421 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The structure, which Anna Maria building official Luke Curtis referred to as an accessory structure, doesn’t look like a typical shed. With opaque windows and a glass door facing the street, it looks more like a tiny house.
Anna Maria requires property owners to acquire permits for accessory structures, but Curtis said Sept. 21 the structure was not permitted by the city and he found no record of property owner John Cooper Bennett applying for a permit.
Curtis is investigating the installation of the structure, and was still searching for a permit request as of Sept. 18.
His next step is to contact Bennett and tell him he needs to have the building permitted.
Curtis said the structure is connected to power, but lacks plumbing.
A code enforcement officer reported taking note of the structure as it was being delivered by truck to the property June 14.
Mayor Dan Murphy said Sept. 18 that a tiny house would not be permitted in Anna Maria, but he did not know if the building code specifically prohibits them.
Curtis said structures in Anna Maria must comply with the Florida building code, including minimum requirements for room size, and that the building on Pine likely would not qualify for a permit.
There is no known Anna Maria zoning category for such a house.
Curtis added that, as acting building official, he wasn’t familiar with how the city code deals with tiny houses.”