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18.50.060 Garages, Carports and Sheds (Accessory Buildings)
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A. Applicability

This section applies to detached garages, carports and sheds, defined as follows:


Space that houses or stores motor vehicles and enclosed on no more than two (2) sides by walls.

Detached Garage

A garage (as defined in Chapter 18.90) that is detached from the main building.


A structure that is subordinate to the main building, and designed or used to store lawn, garden, pool care or other household equipment. A shed may be built on-site, or purchased prebuilt or as a kit in prefabricated sections. A shed is not served by heat or plumbing and may or may not have a permanent foundation.

B. General Requirements

Detached garages, carports and sheds:

1. May be constructed on any lot, subject to this section.

2. Shall be located a minimum of ten (10) feet from the principal building, unless otherwise allowed by the building code.

3. Shall not encroach on a drainage or utility easement.

4. Shall have a maximum height of twenty-five (25) feet as measured from the ridgeline.

5. Shall not exceed thirty (30) percent coverage within a required rear yard either as single or cumulative structures.

C. Detached Garages and Carports

1. Any single-family dwelling is permitted one (1) detached garage or covered carport.

2. Detached garage or carport areas shall not exceed two hundred fifty (250) square feet for each three thousand (3,000) square feet of lot area, up to a total of one thousand two hundred (1,200) square feet.

3. A detached garage or carport is subject to the same required setback as the main structure.

4. In all residential districts, the design and construction of any garage or carport shall be similar to or compatible with the design and construction of the main building. The exterior building materials and colors shall be similar to the main building or shall be commonly associated with residential construction.

D. Sheds

1. Maximum size of a shed is based on lot area, as follows:

a. For lots under seven thousand (7,000) square feet:

Two hundred ten (210) square feet,

b. For lots between seven thousand (7,000) – thirteen thousand (13,000) square feet:

Three (3) percent of lot area,

c. For lots exceeding thirteen thousand (13,000) square feet:

Four hundred (400) square feet.

2. Sheds may not be located within five (5) feet of rear or side property lines or fifteen (15) feet of a corner lot property line. (Ord. 17-52 §§ 30, 41, 2017; Ord. 09-03 §1)