What Are Setbacks?
Arlington County’s Zoning Ordinance 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.
Existing and proposed placement of setbacks can only be verified for zoning compliance with a certified, scaled plat.
What Are My Property’s Setbacks?
Setbacks vary depending on:
- your zone
- the lot size and configuration
- the type of dwelling.
To find your property’s setbacks, find your zone. Learn more about placement in this Residential Setback and Yard Requirements illustration, as well as more information about permitted encroachments. These include uncovered and unenclosed structures such as:
- window wells
- 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.