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Building Setbacks

Every parcel has Zoning Ordinancelinks to external site requirements and restrictions, including distances that buildings/ structures must be “set back” from the property line.  Setback requirements for your home will vary depending upon the zoning district (i.e. R1-190, R1-7, etc). A few things to keep in mind:

  • Front, side, and rear yard setbacks are usually different.
  • Corner lots, flag lots, and key lots will have special setback requirements.
  • Setbacks along streets are measured from roadway easement right-of-way line.
  • Setbacks may be modified through Amended Development Standards.
  • Setbacks are usually different for main buildings and accessory buildings.

There are several Zoning Interpretations that help clarify confusing language and ensure consistent application of code requirements.

Request Setbacks

Development standards typically affect building location, height, distance between buildings, etc.  When you complete a setback request, related development standards will be included in the response.


"Setbacks" are how far back from your property line you can build.

For corner lot setbacks, the shortest street frontage is the "front" yard, the side opposite is the rear yard.  

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Foothills Overlay Properties Not in a Subdivision

Properties located in the Foothills Overlay area have a completely different set of development standards, especially for accessory buildings.  Select the guide with the zoning for your lot.

Undeveloped Lot with an ESL Overlay?

An instructional diagram (PDF) demonstrates how to determine the buildable lot area for properties with the ESL overlay area.  



Setback Request Form

(Including Development Standards and NAOS Requirements)

Complete as much information as possible; contact information is required.   Setback requests are completed on a "first come -- first served" basis, and typically take 1 - 3 business days to process, but may take up to 5 days.

Please Note:  The setback form on this page is for residential property.  For commercial development standards, including F.A.R., landscaping and parking, refer to the zoning ordinancelinks to external site.  You may also visit the Planning Services desk at the One Stop Shop (M-F, 9-5).

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