17.22.030 – Permitted encroachments

Encroachments into required yards shall be permitted as provided in Table 17.22-3 (Permitted Encroachments), subject to the specific limitations applicable to the particular encroachment described.

TABLE 17.22-3

PERMITTED ENCROACHMENTS

P= Permitted NP= Not permitted;
Where a dimension is given, it indicates the maximum projection into the required yard unless otherwise specified
No permitted encroachments are allowed in the sight triangle as described in Section 17.22.010 E

Type of Structure or Use Encroachment

Required Yards

Front Yards, 

Exterior Side Yards

And Rear Yards of Through Lots

Interior Side Yards

Rear Yards

Landscape Buffer Yards

Accessibility Ramps

P

P

P

P

Air Conditioner Window Units

P, 18 inches

P, 18 inches

P, 18 inches

P, 18 inches

Arbors and Trellises

P

NP

P

P

Balconies

P, 30 inches

P, 30 inches

P, 30 inches

P, 30 inches

Basketball standards and backboards

P

P

P

NP

Bay Windows no more than 1 story in height and occupying no more than 33% of the exterior length of the wall

P, 30 inches

P, 30 inches

P, 30 inches

P, 30 inches

Canopies accessory to gas stations, drive-through restaurants, drive-through banks, etc.

P but must comply with yard requirements for parking facilities

P but must comply with yard requirements for parking facilities

P but must comply with yard requirements for parking facilities

NP

Cantilever NP NP NP NP

Chimneys

P, 30 inches

P, 30 inches

P, 30 inches

P, 30 inches

Compost Piles, Firewood Storage, Refuse and Recycling Receptacles (except when temporarily placed near the street for collection)

NP

NP

P

NP

Decks/Raised Patios

NP

P, min. 3 ft. from lot line

 

P, min. 3 ft. from lot lines

 

NP

Dog houses and dog runs

NP

NP

P

NP

Eaves, including gutters

P, 30 inches

P, 30 inches

P, 30 inches

P, 30 inches

Fences

P, except per 17.22.

P

P

P

Fire Escapes (Open)

NP

P

P

P

Flag Poles

P

P

P

P

Garages, Detached

(RT Districts)

P in exterior side yard in RT-2, RT-3, & RT-4, but shall be min. 15 ft. from right of way

P, min. 3 ft. from lot line

P, min. 5 ft. from rear lot line w/o alley,

min. 3 ft. from side lot line and from alley

NP

 

Garages, Detached

(other than RT Districts)

 

NP

P, min. 3 ft from lot line

P, min. 5 ft from rear lot line w/o alley,

min. 3 ft from side lot line and from alley

NP

Gazebos

NP

NP

P, min. 3 ft. from lot lines

P

Hot Tubs

NP

P, min. 3 ft. from lot line

P, min. 3 ft. from lot lines

NP

 

Landscape plantings, ornamental lighting, and benches, statues, bird baths, sculptures, and similar decorative fixtures

 

P

P

P

P

Laundry Drying Equipment (clotheslines and poles)

NP

P

P

NP

 

Marquees, Awnings and Canopies

 

P, maximum 30 inches

P, maximum 30 inches

P, maximum 30 inches

NP

 

Ground mounted mechanical equipment units, including central air conditioning, heating, ventilating, compressors, pool and filtering equipment

 

NP/P1

P, min.5 ft. from lot line

P, min. 5 ft. from lot lines

NP

Non-commercial wireless antennas (amateur radio)

NP

NP

P, min. 3 ft. from lot lines

NP

Outdoor Fireplaces

NP

NP

P, min. 3 ft. from lot lines

NP

Parking lots,surface, drive-thru lanes, and access aisles

See Chapter 17.24, Off-Street Parking, Loading and Access

See Chapter 17.24, Off-Street Parking, Loading and Access

See Chapter 17.24, Off-Street Parking, Loading and Access

NP

Patio, at Grade P, maximum 8 ft. encroachment; P in RT districts P, 3 ft. from lot line; P in RT districts P, 3 ft. from lot line; P in RT districts NP
Pergola P, maximum 8 ft. encroachment in the RT and CBD-2 districts, if directly adjacent to principal structure; NP in other districts P, 3 ft. from lot line in RT and CBD-2 districts; NP in other districts P, 3 ft. from lot line P

Playground and recreational equipment and play houses accessory to residential uses, except basketball standards and backboards

NP

NP

P, min. 3 ft from lot lines

NP

Porches, Enclosed (including screened-in porches)

NP

NP

NP

NP

Porches, Unenclosed

P, maximum 8 ft. encroachment

NP

P, maximum 8 ft. encroachment

NP

Refuse enclosure (subject to standards for Fences and Walls and per 17.26.120)

NP

P, 3 ft from lot lines

P 3 ft from lot lines

NP

Satellite Dish Antenna, Small

NP/P1

NP/P1

P

NP/P1

Satellite Dish Antenna, Large

NP

NP

P, 5ft from lot lines

NP

Sheds and Private Greenhouses

NP

P, min. 3 ft. from lot line

P, min. 3 ft. from lot lines

NP

Sidewalks and walkways

P

P

P

P

Signs, subject to Chapter 17.28, Signs

P

P

P

NP

Stairways and Steps, 4ft. high or less, extending not more than 30 inches into the required yard or, if there is a front porch, 30 inches from the porch

P

P

P

P

Stoop P, maximum 8 ft. encroachment; In RT Districts, maximum 4 ft. encroachemnt from a structure that has a nonconforming front yard or exterior side yard setback. P, minimum as required by building code P, 3 ft. from lot line NP

Swimming Pool & Swimming Pool Deck

NP

P, 10 ft. from lot line in RE, RS and RT districts: NP in other districts

P, 10 ft. from lot line in RE, RS and RT districts: NP in other districts

NP

For corner lots, where a Swimming Pool is located within a rear yard abutting an interior side yard or front yard of an adjacent lot, screening shall be provided in accordance with Section 17.26.070(C). 

Sports Courts, excluding those located on park/playground or school sites

NP

NP

P, min. 10 feet from lot lines

NP

Transformers, switchgear, and other utility installations

P

P

P

P

 

1 Where it is impractical to locate mechanical equipment within the interior side or rear yard of a single family or two family dwelling, the Building Commissioner may approve an alternative location in the yards indicated, provided the mechanical equipment is screened from view from adjoining property and public streets in accordance with Section 17.26.120. 
1 Where a Small Satellite Dish Antenna cannot receive a clear signal within the yard and setback requirements of the zoning district or the rear yard, the dish may be located in an alternative location in the yards indicated in compliance with Section 17.22.020 Communication Antennas.

(2019-Z-10: § 2; 2017-Z-9: § 2,3,4; 2016-Z-11: § 6-11; 2008-Z-24: § 14; 2008-Z-20: § 3; 2002-Z-24: § 1; 2002-Z-14: § 1; 2002-Z-9: § 4; 1994-Z-9: § 1; 1993-Z-15: § 1 & 2; 1988-Z-21: § 1; 1983-Z-6: § 1; 1983-Z-3: § 1; 1979-Z-7: § 1; 1963-12; 1960-16: § IV (K); 1960-16: § IV(J))