- Building setbacks and height limitations for residential buildings vary by zoning district. Different standards apply to accessory buildings and structures (§ 4.20.020 Accessory Buildings and Structures), which include detached garages, sheds, barns, carports, patio covers, and trellises, solar or wind energy systems, water tanks, and light poles and flag poles. Structures such as carports, patio covers, and trellises that are attached to homes or “granny units” must meet the same height, setback, and separation requirements as the buildings they are attached to.
Parking and Driveways
- Parking requirements vary depending upon whether the land use is residential or non-residential (§ 4.30.070 Parking Design Standards). Off-street parking spaces must be at least eight and one-half (8.5) feet wide and 18 feet deep, and be of usable shape, location and condition. Driveways must provide for at least 10 feet of unobstructed width between buildings and property lines. Driveway pavement (or surfacing) must be at least eight (8) feet wide.
- Under certain circumstances, greater driveway width may be required by the fire marshal ("Standard Details & Specifications – Private Access Roads and Driveways For One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Associated Structures").
- Fence height limitations depend upon whether a property is in an urban or rural zoning district and where on the property a fence is to be located. Reference table for Fence Height Standards.
- The presence of a flood plains on a property can affect the location and design of structures (see Floodplain Development). It may also have an impact as to other uses a property may support.
Optional Site Review
- The pre-screening process is an optional review for property owners, architects, engineers and developers that provides preliminary project evaluation by County agency staff prior to application submittal.
For more information, see our Zoning Ordinance.