California builidng code exceptions for storage sheds?
I live in an unincorporated portion of Contra Costa County, in the SF Bay Area, in California.
What I am having a devil of a time coming up with are building permit exceptions for storage sheds.
It has been suggested and alluded to that I may get around the typical 120 square foot limit of a storage shed, which requires no permit, as laid out in the building code information I can find, by simply calling the project/shed something else (i.e. bee shed, fruit storage building, etc.) The shed I need is 140 square feet, which I want to use for drying of pears and tool/tractor storage/maintenance, and very much wish to avoid having to pull a permit. The people in the planning department, naturally, will not give any information on something like this, nor will the contractors I've spoken with, though they do indicate it is possible. Does anyone know the particulars of such an issue?
Much appreciate any assistance.