Where can I locate an accessory structure, shed, pool or garage on my property?
These structures generally may be placed in the side and rear yard, provided they are far enough from the property lines. These structures are not allowed in the established setback (front yard).
What is a buffer?
A buffer is a strip of land with existing or planted vegetation used to protect a less intense land use. For example, trees and shrubs planted in a buffer on an industrial property may protect a residential property.
Who maintains a buffer?
Maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner. The zoning inspector can require the property owner to replace any dead plant material and repair any damaged fence or wall.
What are my building setbacks and yard requirements?
A building setback is the required distance a building or structure must be from the adjacent property lines. Typically, setbacks and yard requirements are determined by the zoning classification; verify the zoning of your property.
Do dumpsters require screening?
Yes. Both the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County zoning ordinances require certain uses to be screened from abutting property and from public view from a public street. The six towns in Mecklenburg County have similar provisions in their ordinances.
Where can I purchase a copy of a zoning ordinance?
City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County zoning ordinances are available from the Charlotte Planning, Design & Development Department. Contact the planning department at (704) 336-2205 or visit their office at 600 E. Fourth St. in Charlotte. You can also view the City of Charlotte Zoning Ordinance online. Ordinances for the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville are available at their respective town halls.
Can I subdivide my property?
Yes. Most properties can be subdivided if the minimum zoning requirements for subdivision and any other restrictions, are met.