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.