Division IV. Site Planning and General Development Regulations

Chapter 23.46
ACCESSORY STRUCTURES

Sections:

23.46.010    Purpose.

23.46.020    Definitions.

23.46.030    Permit requirements and exceptions.

23.46.040    Development standards.

23.46.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to identify and regulate detached accessory structures to ensure that such structures do not create public safety or public nuisance issues and do not create an adverse aesthetic from street rights-of-way or adjacent/neighboring properties. The intent of these regulations is to complement the requirements and standards of the City’s adopted building code and fire code. [Ord. 8-2011 §20(A), eff. 6-24-2011]

23.46.020 Definitions.

Terms unique to this chapter are listed in EGMC Chapter 23.100 (General Definitions). [Ord. 8-2011 §20(B), eff. 6-24-2011]

23.46.030 Permit requirements and exceptions.

Generally, no special planning permit or entitlement shall be required for accessory structures that are consistent with the standards herein, except that zoning clearance/plan check shall be conducted in the event that a building permit is required. Even if a building permit is not required a planning permit or entitlement may be. Certain structures may require design review, variance, or other permits or entitlements as specified in EGMC Chapter 23.16 (Permit Requirements). [Ord. 8-2011 §20(C), eff. 6-24-2011]

23.46.040 Development standards.

A. Development Standards for All Accessory Structures. The development standards in this section apply only to accessory structures. Primary structures, and any other feature attached to the primary structure (e.g., patio cover), are subject to the setback, height, and other requirements for the zoning district in which they are located.

1. Setback Measurement. Minimum setback distances for accessory structures from property lines and between accessory structures shall be measured to any portions of the structure(s), inclusive of any overhangs, projections, and railings, etc.

2. Construction Phasing. Accessory structures may be constructed only in conjunction with or after construction of the primary building(s) on the site. However, in agricultural and agricultural residential zoning districts, accessory structures may be constructed prior to the primary residential dwelling.

3. Maximum Lot Coverage. The total size of all accessory structure(s) on a lot may not exceed the following collective percent coverage:

a. In agricultural and agricultural residential zoning districts: twenty-five (25%) percent of the entire lot; and

b. In all other zoning districts: thirty (30%) percent of the actual rear yard area (see EGMC Section 23.64.030, Required yard areas, for a definition of actual yard area).

4. Separation Between Structures. All accessory structures shall maintain the minimum distance between other buildings as required under EGMC Chapter 16.04 (California Building Code).

B. Development Standards by Type of Accessory Structure. Table 23.46-1 establishes development standards based on the type of accessory structure as defined in EGMC Chapter 23.100 (General Definitions).

C. Special Setbacks and Height Limits for Accessory Structures in Agricultural or Agricultural Residential Districts.

1. Height. The maximum height for all accessory structures on agricultural or agricultural residential property is forty (40' 0") feet. See additional development standards in Table 23.29-1 (Development Standards for Base Zoning Districts).

2.  Setbacks. Enclosed and solid-roofed accessory structures shall be set back from all interior property lines not less than the height of the structure.

Table 23.46-1

Development Standards for Accessory Structures 

Accessory Structure

Minimum Setback Distance from Property Line

Maximum Height

Front

Street Side

Interior (Including Rear)

Building, 120 sf. and < 8 ft. tall

Same as for primary structure

12.5 ft.

3 ft.

8 ft.1

Building, 120 sf. and 8 ft. tall

Same as for primary structure

12.5 ft.

5 ft.

16 ft.1

Building, > 120 sf.

 

 

 

 

Fully enclosed

Same as for primary structure

12.5 ft.

5 ft.

16 ft.1

Limited/No enclosure

Same as for primary structure

12.5 ft.

3 ft.

16 ft.1

Landscape features

No minimum

12.5 ft.

3 ft.

16 ft.1

Pool/spa

Same as for primary structure

12.5 ft.

No minimum

16 ft.1

Deck/patio

No minimum

No minimum

No minimum

No minimum

Play equipment

Same as for primary structure

12.5 ft.

3 ft.

16 ft.1

Notes:

1. When the accessory structure is located within the building envelope of the primary structure, the maximum height for the accessory structure shall be the same as the primary structure for the underlying zoning district.

[Ord. 24-2015 §11 (Exh. I), eff. 2-12-2016; Ord. 12-2012 §7, eff. 7-27-2012; Ord. 8-2011 §§20(D), (E), (F), eff. 6-24-2011]