Accessory Structures (Residential Districts)

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Planning Division Accessory Structures A detached structure which is subordinate and incidental to the main building in the site, including, but not limited to, storage sheds, equipment enclosures, detached garages, gazebos, and animal enclosures. A structure which is functionally part of the main building, is enclosed by a roof or wall, and is not substantially open to the environment shall be considered part of the main building.

Accessory Structure Guidelines
Accessory Structure Ordinance

How much area can an accessory structure occupy within a lot in a residential district?   

Detached accessory structures can occupy any portion of the lot wherein the main dwelling is permitted.

Can an accessory structure be built on a vacant parcel of land?     

No accessory structure can be erected or placed on vacant property unless approved by the Planning Commission.

How much lot coverage is allowed for accessory structures?     

The combined foot print of all accessory structures together with the foot print of the main dwelling are not to exceed the maximum lot coverage allowed in the zoning district.

What are the required conditions for placing an accessory structure in the required rear yard setback area?

  • There is a solid, visually impenetrable fence or wall.
  • Structure height does not exceed nine feet.
  • A 60-inch passage between the accessory structure exterior and the main dwelling.
  • A 36-inch passage between the accessory structure, including roof overhang, and any adjacent fence, wall or property line.
  • The total roof area of all accessory structures within the required rear yard does not occupy more than 230 sq. ft. OR 20% of the required rear yard, which ever is less.

What are the required conditions for placing an accessory structure in the required side yard setback area?

  • There is a solid, visually impenetrable fence or wall.
  • Structure does not exceed six feet or height of the existing adjacent fence - whichever is less.
  • A 36-inch passage either between the structure and the main dwelling or between the accessory structure and the adjacent fence.
  • The total roof area of all accessory structures does not occupy more than 120 sq. ft. of the area contained within each required side yard.
For further information, please contact the Duty Planner at (925)256-3558.