Accessory Structures

Structures that are accessory to dwellings

Fencing and Screening

Standards for fencing and screening are established to protect certain uses from intrusion, to protect the public from uses that may be hazardous, and to increase compatibility between different land uses by visual screening. Fencing is the enclosure of an area by the materials identified in the following ordinances. Screening is the enclosure of an area by a visual barrier, which may include open or solid fencing, as specified in the following ordinances chapters.

Garage That is Detached

A detached accessory garage shall not occupy more than 1,000 square feet in area per dwelling unit, unless authorized by Minor Use Permit.


A guesthouse (sleeping/home office facilities without indoor connection to the living area of a principal residence) may be established as a use accessory to a residence as follows.


A one story detached residential accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet (11m ) shall not require a permit, except for the following.

Swimming Pool and Spa

Swimming pools, including hot tubs, spas, and related equipment, may be located within any required side or rear setback, provided that they are no closer than 18 inches to a property line, and provided that they are fenced as required by Building Code.

Workshop that is Detached

Any accessory structure intended solely or primarily for engaging in artwork, crafts, light hand manufacturing, mechanical work, etc. is subject to the following ordinances: