Accessory Building Requirements
A building permit is required before an accessory building is located on a property.
(a) Distance between buildings. Except as herein provided, no accessory building shall be located closer than fifteen (15) feet to a principal building or to any other accessory building.
(a) Attachment of accessory buildings to principal buildings. When an accessory building is attached to the principal building by a breezeway, passageway, or similar means, it shall comply with the yard requirements of the principal building to which it is attached.
(c) Accessory building height. No accessory building shall exceed the height of the main structure.
(d) Accessory building not to occupy front or side yard. In no district shall an accessory building occupy any part of a required front or exterior side yard.
(e) Accessory building construction may not commence before construction of the main building. No accessory building shall be constructed upon a lot until the construction of the principal building has actually been commenced, and no accessory building shall be used unless a certificate of occupancy has been issued for the main building.
(f) Swimming pools. Swimming pools shall not be located in any required front yard.
- Accessory buildings shall maintain at least a five-foot (5’) setback from any side or rear yard property line except where said rear yard abuts on a dedicated alley. No setback shall be required for any accessory building upon the alley. However, detached carports, garages, or other detached accessory buildings located within the rear portion of the lot as heretofore described shall not be located closer than ten (10) feet to the main building nor nearer than five (5) feet to any side lot line except where a fire wall has been provided which meets the requirements of the building and fire codes of the city. No rear yard for accessory buildings shall be required.
- Where a garage or carport is designed and constructed to be entered from a side street, such garage or carport shall be set back from the side street right-of-way line a minimum distance of fifteen (15) feet to facilitate access without interference with the use of the street by other vehicles or persons.
- No accessory building may be located in an easement.