In some circumstances yes. A building used for storage does not constitute occupancy unless the storage was lawfully established and authorized by the Oskaloosa zoning ordinance. Storage as a primary land use must meet applicable zoning standards. The property’s actual use and zoning designation will be considered and determined by the zoning administrator. The following are examples of storage uses which are likely authorized and not required to register:
- Warehousing in an industrial district.
- Personal/convenience storage in an industrial district or with a conditional use permit in a commercial zoning district.
- A mixed use commercial building with supplementary business storage in a commercial or industrial district.
- Legal nonconforming (grandfathered) land uses as determined by the zoning administrator.
The following are examples of storage which are likely unauthorized and required to register. These may also undergo a zoning compliance review by the zoning administrator.
- Use of a home or structure for storage in any residential district, except for accessory residential garages or storage sheds with an occupied primary structure.
- Use of buildings for storage or warehousing in the downtown historic district, and most commercial districts, except for accessory structures with an occupied primary structure.