Zoning – garages


Garages can be attached or detached. If detached by more than 15’ from the house, we get a land coverage exception. To learn more, see the chart on page 5.3-37.

  1. The ideal size is 22×22 or 24×24, for a two car garage. Three car garages are 33×22 or 36×24. They can be larger but the chart limits us to 1,000 sf if detached and smaller if attached. They can also be smaller, but less than 20×20 is not recommended. The length can be 20’, 22’, or 24’ for any of the typical sizes.
  2. Garages can be 1 story high and a maximum of 17’ high. The bulk plane is the same as the rear 35% bulk plane, with a vertical leg of 10’ and a 45 degree inward angle.
  3. If our garage is detached, we can take a 50% land coverage exception up to 500 sf.
  4. If our garage is typical, with alley access and not on a corner, the rear setback is 5’ and the side setback is 0’, although practically speaking, 1’ is more normal because of the added width of the roof overhang .
  5. The maximum horizontal dimension, meaning the width, cannot be more than 36’ in all zones except two.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the above.

Steve Culbertson