Types of Structures

Accessory Building

Accessory buildings are permitted in any residential, commercial, or agricultural district. The structure may be placed in any rear yard at least 5 feet from the side and rear lot lines and not within any utility easements, and shall not exceed 1-1/2 stories or 14 feet in height. In order for a structure to be classified as an accessory building it must be at least 5 feet from any permanent structure.

Swimming Pools

“Above-ground, in-ground, or inflatable; any pool containing or capable of containing water to a depth at any point greater than 2 feet requires a permit and may not be within 10 feet of the property line. Such distance shall be measured from the water line of the pool. Swimming pools must be located in the rear yard. The swimming pool or the rear yard in which it is located must be walled or fenced. The fence or wall must be at least 5 feet in height with locking gate(s).”

Detached Garage

Detached garages must be located in the rear yard only.  The garage must be built 5-feet away from the house, other buildings, and the property lines; a garage may not encroach into a utility easement, therefore more than 5-feet of property line setback may be needed.  A detached garage may be no taller than 14-feet at the peak of the roof.  If over 200 square feet in total area, a Building Permit should be obtained through Montgomery County Building Regulations.


Carports may extend into any side yard up to 3 feet from the side lot line and into any rear yard up to 10 feet from the rear lot line.  A carport must be permanently open on at least 2 sides and no taller than 14 feet.  The carport also must be physically attached to the building.

Patio and porch Covers

A rear or side patio cover may project into a yard up to 16 feet from the foundation of a building but may come no closer than 5 feet to the property line.

A front porch cover may be constructed no closer than 19 feet to the established or future right-of-way. This is typically the rear of the sidewalk if a sidewalk exists.

Patio and porch covers must be open on 3 sides.

Rear Patio Enclosures

Rear patio enclosures (must be 50% glass and screen) shall not project into the rear yard more than 16 feet from the building line and must meet the minimum side yard width requirements in the applicable zoning district.


All remodeling (structural alteration of exterior walls) requires a zoning certificate.

Room Addition

Room additions are considered as part of the principle structure and must meet the minimum area standards and setbacks for the applicable Zoning district.


Limit of 30 days on a property, 3 times in a calendar year.

Only one (1) unit on site at a time. Maximum size is 8 feet tall, 8 feet wide, and 16 feet long.

Each use requires a Zoning Certificate; in the case of a continuous use for up to 3 months in row, a Zoning Certificate must be obtained each month.

Unit must be on a driveway in front or at the side, totally visible from the street, and must be behind the sidewalk. The unit may not be placed in the right-of-way.

Unit must be at least two (2) feet from the building, and with enough room that the door can be closed and secured when not being actively loaded.

No trash may be stored in the unit, nothing may leak from the unit, and if damaged the unit shall be removed.

No person nor animal may occupy the unit.