The Zoning Ordinance of Arlington County provides requirements for where dwellings of all kinds can be placed on a lot. These placement requirements are called setbacks, and mean that a dwelling has to be a certain distance from front, side, and rear lot lines, as well as from the street. The setbacks section of the Ordinance also provides the requirements for the placement, bulk, and coverage for both residential and commercial buildings. Setbacks vary depending on zone, lot size and configuration, and the type of dwelling. Learn more in this Residential Setback and Yard Requirements document, as well as more information about permitted encroachments. These include uncovered and unenclosed structures such as areaways, decks, stoops, stairs, window wells, and eave overhangs, which may project 4 feet into a setback. These structures may not be located closer than 5 feet to a side property line. Note: Covered but unenclosed porches may encroach into the front setback only. Chimneys and bay windows without floor space may encroach 18 inches into any setback.
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