Basic Residential Zoning Information

  • Setbacks for the house are 25 feet on all sides; this includes decks and porches.

  • Setbacks for accessory buildings are 25 feet on the street side; for sideline, rear line, and other buildings the setback is equal to the height of the structure.
  • Maximum height is 30 feet, figured from natural existing grade; at the foundation; on the street side of the property.
  • Minimum Lot Size is 40,000 square feet.
  • Lot coverage (roofed over area) is limited to 4,000 square feet or 15% of the total lot area, whichever is smaller.
  • Any work within 100 feet of wetlands requires Conservation Commission approval.
  • Properties North and West of Route 6 (Rock Harbor area, Skaket Beach area and Bakers Pond area) require Old King's Highway Regional Historic District Committee approval for any exterior changes.
  • Demolitions: buildings that do not meet current zoning setbacks cannot be removed and replaced in their current locations without a Special Permit or Variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals.
  • Buildings built before 1920 cannot be demolished without approval by the Historic Committee.
  • Please check with the Building department regarding other zoning issues for a particular property; including water protection districts and historic.
  • Health department handles all septic questions, including the number of bedrooms, septic capacity, setbacks to septic, etc.

Note: for further information on zoning go to Code of Orleans and search chapter 164.