Setback Requirements

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 and 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
5 feet
20% of lot depth
10 feet min.*
R-LD Residential Low Density 
25 feet
5 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).