A sauna is an accessory structure used for the sole purpose of a steam bath and change room, and/or storage of materials directly related to such activity.
Setbacks and Site Design Standards near the Lake Shore
Saunas may be allowed 50 feet from the shoreline on General Development and 75 feet from the shoreline on Recreational Development lakes, with the following performance standards:
A. The maximum size shall be 200 square feet in floor area and 12 feet in height.
B. The structure may include a changing room, but this area may not be used for sleeping or cooking.
C. A deck is allowed, but it must meet said setback requirements and it shall be included in the maximum floor area.
D. The structure shall be served by a gray water septic system, approved by the St. Louis County Health Department.
E. The structure shall not be used to store combustible petroleum products, nor shall it be attached to a structure where such products are present.
F. The structure shall be stained or painted in unobtrusive colors.
G. The sauna shall be screened from the shore by natural means.
H. There shall be no other accessory structures located closer than the required principal structure setback.
Septic: Under certain conditions, a permit application for a sauna may require a sanitary review.
Within the ordinance, there are many circumstances that may stipulate varying setbacks for your proposed project(s). Examples include nonconforming lots of records, size of proposed structure, locations near bluffs, bedrock, wetlands, lakes, etc. If you are unable to meet the requirements of the Ordinance and you meet certain criteria, you may be able to be granted a variance. Please contact the Planning Director to see if any special standards required for your property prior to designing your project or you would like information regarding variances.