As property owners, it is important to understand the regulations and definitions about property. These are detailed in the County’s Land Development Code.
These regulations prescribe land use zones, and the code for what is allowed within each zone. This is protection for owners and prospective buyers, to be aware of how adjacent property can be used.
The three zones that most impact property owners in Vilano and North Beach are RS-1, RS-2 and RS-3 – all residential property use.
Regulations for building on these residential properties are part of the zoning regulation. In particular, yard requirements, fence ordinance and lot coverage are detailed in the Land Development Code, Article VI.
The term “setback” is used to describe how far a building is from the lot line and is intended to help ensure home security, privacy, a uniform appearance, and environmental protection. It also allows public utilities to access plumbing, gas, electrical, or internet lines that may be running through the yard. Read more.
Briefly, lot requirements (setbacks) for the three residential zones are:
RS-1 Residential Single Family
o Front - 30'
o Sides - 10'
o Rear - 15'
RS-2 & RS-3 Residential Single Family
o Front - 25'
o Sides - 8'
o Rear - 10'
Any variance from these minimum requirements require approval by the County.
Fences for residential zoned property
Fence height is prescribed by Article II of the Land Development Code starting on page II-20.
Essentially, fences are limited to four feet in the front, and 6 feet on the side. Fences may not block drivers’ views, when turning.
If you would like to check out the zoning for County property, find out how on our Property Records page.