Building Setbacks

Measuring tape

The term "building setback" means the required separation between a lot line (and/or right-of-way line) and a building or structure. Setbacks vary by zoning district, and there are numerous exceptions to accommodate a variety of particular lot circumstances.  Setbacks also vary by type of structure.  Detached accessory buildings have different setback requirements than dwellings. 

Setback compliance is a necessary consideration for any construction project, therefore the precise location of property lines should be ascertained early in the design process.

Setbacks by Zoning District

Setback Definition and Rules of Measurement

Setback Reductions Based on Substandard Lot Area, Width, Depth

Setback Exceptions for Certain Architectural Features

Accessory Building Setbacks and Standards

Precision of Numbers and Rounding

Variance Procedure ​​​​​

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