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Question:  What are the new rules related to accessory buildings?

Answer: The City has recently revised the accessory building standards to apply the same regulations to all accessory buildings in the same zone regardless of square footage. It is now the height which regulates how far a building needs to be set back from the property lines. In most zones (R-1-8, R-1-10, R-1-12.5), buildings can be within three feet of the property line if less than 10 feet in height. For each additional foot in height, the building is required to be further away from the property line until you reach 12 feet in height. Buildings 13-18 feet in height are required to be 12 feet from the property line and buildings between 19 and 25 feet are required to be 15 feet from the property line. One additional rule is that Large Accessory Buildings (over 600 sq. ft.) are required to be 60 feet away from any neighboring dwelling building. Most other rules have not changed. The requirements for building permits at 200 sq. ft. and larger and the requirement that buildings be covered in siding or other residential material remain intact. For permit questions please call the Planning Department at 801-782-7211.

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