Building: Setbacks

The term “setback” refers to zoning regulations regarding the location of a building on the lot or parcel of land. These setbacks vary with the use of the building and the zoning district.

The minimum setbacks (or yard requirements) for 1 & 2 family dwellings are indicated in the following table by zoning district. The actual setback is determined by the setback of existing structures on adjacent lots.

View a site plan diagram for clarification of the setback tables below.

Primary Structures: Minimum Setback Requirements
Zoning District Front Yard Side Yard Rear Yard
R-SF
Single Family Dwelling
25 feet 5 feet 20% of lot depth
10 feet min.*
R-TH
Residential Townhouse
25 feet 6 feet 20% of lot depth
10 feet min.*
R-LD
Residential Low Density
25 feet 6 feet 20% of lot depth
10 feet min.*

*Not required to exceed 25 feet.

Accessory Structures (detached garages, sheds, etc.):
Minimum Setback Requirements
Zoning District Front Setback Side Setback Rear Setback
R-SF Must be equal to or exceed the setback of the principal structure. 3 feet 3 feet
R-TH Must be equal to or exceed the setback of the principal structure. 3 feet 3 feet
R-LD Must be equal to or exceed the setback of the principal structure. 3 feet 3 feet

An accessory structure must be at least 5 ft. from the residence or have a 1-hour firewall (R302.1).


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