Accessory Structures

Definitions
General Provisions

Definitions For Accessory Structures 

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The following terms have been added to or are already in the Zoning Ordinance.  The definitions provided paraphrase the actual language of the Ordinance.

Accessory residential garage

This is a garage for your vehicle.  It is considered "attached" if it has a common wall with your house or is connected to your house by a breezeway which is under 20 feet long.  If your garage is not attached in this manner, is it considered to be "detached".  This will be important when determining how large your storage structure may be.  To determine how large your garage can be, see the following for what is allowed in your zoning district.

Accessory storage building

An accessory building used to store goods and materials owned by the occupant of the principal building

Detached accessory supplemental building or structure

This is a building or structure not used for storage, but for recreational or hobby purposes such as a greenhouse or gazebo.  No more than two (2) detached supplemental accessory building shall be permitted.  The total floor of all supplemental accessory buildings combined shall not exceed three hundred (300) square feet.

Building Height

Building height is how tall the building is measured from the ground to the roof.  Different types of roofs require a different way to measure what the "top" is.  For example:  if a roof is flat, measure to the highest point of the roof surface, if a roof is a mansard roof, measure to the deck, if a roof is a gable, hip or gambrel roof, measure to halfway between the eaves and the ridges.

General Provisions 

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Where can my garage and other accessory structures be located? 

Garages and accessory structures must be placed a certain distance from property lines and other structures.  This distance is called a "setback" requirement.  Attached garages and storage structures must meet the same setback requirements as those which apply to your house.  Regulations for detached accessory structures vary based on the nature of the structure and the zoning district in which it is located.

What does my garage need to look like? 

If you would like to construct a new garage, the design should "fit in" with your house.  This means using the same or similar building materials and general type of construction.

How big can my garage be? 

The allowable floor area of an attached or detached residential garage shall not exceed fifty (50) percent of the total floor area (excluding basements) of the principal dwelling or nine hundred (900) square feet in the R-1A district and twelve hundred (1,200) square feet in the R-1B, R-1C and R-1R districts, whichever is greater.

In the case of a combination of an attached and detached garage, the total allowable square footage shall not exceed the amount set forth in section 5.03.1.b (2).

How big can my storage building be? 

Specific size allowed is determined by lot/parcel size.

To calculate lot/parcel size: Multiply length of property by width of property to reach square footage or use Acreage amount. Click on Printable Forms and Permits for the worksheet specific to lot/parcel size.

Where can I put a deck? 

The following regulations have been adopted for decks.  Your deck must:

  • Not be larger than the ground floor of your house.
  • Meet the same front and side yard "setback" requirements which apply to your house, but may encroach into the rear yard setback by 10 feet.  The part that extends into the rear yard cannot be above the elevation of the first floor of your house, nor can there be any enclosed or covered structures in this portion.
  • Must meet the 25 foot natural feature setback requirement.

Where can I put a Swimming Pool? 

The following regulations have been adopted regarding swimming pools.  Your swimming pool must:

  • Be located behind the front of your house.
  • Meet setback of 10 feet from both your side and rear property lines if zoned: R-1A, R-1B & R-1C
  • Meet setback of 50 feet from both your side and rear property lines if zoned: R-1R

What if I have Historic Structures or Outbuildings on my property? 

If you have a historic storage or accessory building located on your property as identified in the Township's Historic and Rural Preservation Plan, and you would like to construct new storage structures, you will be able to do so without having to tear down your historic structure.  The following regulations apply:

  • The square footage of the historic structure will not be counted towards your maximum allowable square footage.
  • If you expand your existing historic structure, the square footage of the expansion will be counted towards the allowable square footage.