Residential Setbacks

Primary Structure (Dwelling)

Zoning
Districts
Front Yard
Setback
Corner Side Setback
Back to Side
Corner Side Setback
Back to Back
Side Yard Setback
Rear Yard Setback
R-88
75 feet
75 feet
40 feet
40 feet
50 feet
R-40
60 feet
55 feet */30 feet **
30 feet
20 feet
50 feet
R-25
50 feet
45 feet
25 feet
15 feet
40 feet
R-15
40 feet
35 feet */20 feet **
20 feet
15 feet/10 feet ***
25 feet
R-12
35 feet
30 feet
20 feet
10 feet
25 feet
R-9
30 feet
25 feet
15 feet
7.5 feet
25 feet
R-7
30
25 feet */15 feet **
15 feet
7.5 feet/5 feet ***
25 feet

*For through lots the rear yard setback shall be the same as the front yard setback.

**The lesser setback applies to lots recorded prior to April 1, 1974.

***The lesser setback applies to lots recorded prior to December 11, 1945.

Accessory Buildings - Less Than 12 Feet Tall

  • Front - Lesser of ½ depth of lot or 80 feet
  • Corner Side - Required front yard setback of the zoning district
  • Side - ½ of required side yard setback of the zoning district
  • Rear - 10 feet, except that Through Lots setback is 30 feet

Accessory Buildings - Greater Than 12 Feet Tall

  • Front - Lesser of ½ average depth of lot or 80 feet
  • Corner Side - Required front yard setback of the zoning district
  • Side - Required side yard setback of the zoning district
  • Rear - ½ of required rear yard setback of the zoning district, except that Through Lots setback is 30 feet.

Common Setback Exceptions

Primary Structure (Dwelling)

  • Cornice, eave, sill, leader, beltcourse, chimney, canopy or similar ornamental feature may extend 3 feet into any yard, but no closer than 5 feet to any interior side lot line or 10 feet to any front or corner side lot line.
  • Attached structures such as porches, carports, and decks open on three sides may extend into a required side yard not more than ½ the required side yard & in no case closer than 5 feet, a front yard not more than 10 feet, and a rear yard not more than 10 feet into the setback.

Accessory Buildings

No encroachment shall be permitted beyond the required setback, provided that eaves may encroach 3 feet into the setback.

  • The provided setbacks are the general requirements of the district, please verify setback requirements by using the Chesterfield County zoning ordinance or contacting us.
  • All setbacks are provided in feet
  • Setbacks adjacent to roads are taken from the ultimate right-of-way
  • Building lines may be provided on plats that require setbacks greater than the district requirements
  • Setbacks may also be required from certain features such as floodplains, resource protection areas, transmission line easements or buffers.