Playhouse Zoning

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Does a playhouse need a permit?

In the wealthy Seattle suburb of Medina, the answer seems to be yes. Zoning officials say a 10x12-foot playhouse on the property of billionaire Bruce McCaw needs a building permit.

He's gone to court, arguing that that the playhouse is a toy, exempt from zoning requirements.

McCaw bought the playhouse early last year and installed it behind his detached garage.

Following a complaint from the neighbors, municipal officials took a look last May and demanded a permit. McCaw requested a variance. Negotiations failed to resolve the issue.

The playhouse has a child-size door and little windows on one side and a mock kitchen along one wall.


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