Zoning Rules

The most common of these regulate the size and height of a residence. They regulate setback–how close to the property line you can build. They also control the placement and height of fencing and retaining walls. Generally, backyard fences cannot exceed six feet. If both sides are not the same, the "good" side must face your neighbor. Fences cannot extend beyond the rear line of your house. 

Ask the Building Official about what zoning rules may apply to the project you are contemplating at the beginning of your planning process. Do not spend time and money planning a project without knowing what rules may affect it. 

The Board of Zoning Appeals can grant "a variance" to some - but not all - zoning rules. Rules of procedure require a legal application for the variance, public notice and a formal, public hearing. This process will take three to six weeks.