Types of Structures

Accessory Building

Accessory buildings are permitted in any residential, commercial, or agricultural district. The structure may be placed in any rear yard at least 5 feet from the side and rear lot lines and not within any utility easements, and shall not exceed 1-1/2 stories or 14 feet in height. In order for a structure to be classified as an accessory building it must be at least 5 feet from any permanent structure.


Carports may extend into any side yard up to 3 feet from the side lot line and into any rear yard up to 10 feet from the rear lot line.  A carport must be permanently open on at least 2 sides and no taller than 14 feet.  The carport also must be physically attached to the building.

Detached Garage

Detached garages must be located in the rear yard only.  The garage must be built 5-feet away from the house, other buildings, and the property lines; a garage may not encroach into a utility easement, therefore more than 5-feet of property line setback may be needed.  A detached garage may be no taller than 14-feet at the peak of the roof.  If over 200 square feet in total area, a Building Permit should be obtained through Montgomery County Building Regulations.

Patio and porch Covers

A rear or side patio cover may project into a yard up to 16 feet from the foundation of a building but may come no closer than 5 feet to the property line.

A front porch cover may be constructed no closer than 19 feet to the established or future right-of-way. This is typically the rear of the sidewalk if a sidewalk exists.

Patio and porch covers must be open on 3 sides.

Rear Patio Enclosures

Rear patio enclosures (must be 50% glass and screen) shall not project into the rear yard more than 16 feet from the building line and must meet the minimum side yard width requirements in the applicable zoning district.


All remodeling (structural alteration of exterior walls) requires a zoning certificate.

Room Addition

Room additions are considered as part of the principle structure and must meet the minimum area standards and setbacks for the applicable Zoning district.

Swimming Pools

All pools with a depth greater than 2-feet require a permit.  This includes above-ground, in-ground, inflatable, and seasonably removable pools as well as pools for landscaping.  The pool must be located entirely in the backyard and maintain 10-feet or more of separation from the side and rear property lines.  There is no required separation from the house. There must be a minimum 5-foot tall fence or wall around yard or the pool, with locking gates to prevent unintended entry into the pool.  In the case of an above-ground pool, the height of the pool walls above ground may be factored in to meet the minimum 5-foot height requirement.  If needed, an extension railing may be installed along the top rim to reach that 5-foot height requirement.  Any ladder or steps shall be removed or turned up and locked in position when not in use.

Temporary Storage / POD®

Limit of 30 days on a property, 3 times in a calendar year.

Only one (1) unit on site at a time. Maximum size is 8 feet tall, 8 feet wide, and 16 feet long.

Each use requires a Zoning Certificate; in the case of a continuous use for up to 3 months in row, a Zoning Certificate must be obtained each month.

Unit must be on a driveway in front or at the side, totally visible from the street, and must be behind the sidewalk. The unit may not be placed in the right-of-way.

Unit must be at least two (2) feet from the building, and with enough room that the door can be closed and secured when not being actively loaded.

No trash may be stored in the unit, nothing may leak from the unit, and if damaged the unit shall be removed.

No person nor animal may occupy the unit.