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RU-2– Two-Family Residential Zoning District

This district is for the use of two families in one duplex building or in two separate houses and every customary use associated with it including pools, sheds, carports, etc.

RU-2 - Diagram

What is Zoning? Zoning controls the use and development of land and buildings for the health, welfare and safety of the community.

What is Setback? A setback is the required minimum horizontal distance between the front, sides, and rear of the lot to the building.

What is Lot Coverage? It is the percentage of the overall area of the site that the building occupies (building area under roof at ground level/total lot area = lot coverage percentage).

Does my shed have to comply with any regulations? Yes, all structures must comply with setback requirements and sheds must meet accessory use setbacks and rear lot coverage requirements.

Can I operate a business out of my home? A home office is permitted as an ancillary use to a residential use, subject to limitations.

Can I park a boat in front of my house? A recreation vehicle? Yes, you can park a boat but not a recreational vehicle.  A boat may be parked temporarily for 2 hours, but not in the public right-of-way. However, you can store either or both on your lot as provided in Section 33-20.

What is an Easement? An easement grants access to private property for utility installation and maintenance.  No structure, fence or tree may be placed in an easement without the written consent of all utility companies that have the right to access an easement.  Your survey will show all easements that are located on your property.

Maximum Lot Coverage

Maximum lot coverage shall be 30% of net lot area.

Principal Building Setbacks

  • Front     25’
  • Rear       25’
  • Interior side       10% lot width
  • (5’ min - 7.5’ max)
  • Side street     15’

Accessory Use Setbacks (utility sheds, gazebos, etc.)

  • Front     75’         
  • Sheds < 100 sq. ft.
  • Rear       5’           
  • Front     55’
  • Interior side       7.5’        
  • Rear       5’
  • Side street          20’         
  • Interior side       5’
  • Between buildings 10’  
  • Side street        10’
  • Between buildings   10’ 

Canopy Carport

  • Front     5’           
  • Interior side       2’
  • Rear       5’           
  • Side street          5’

Swimming Pool Setbacks

  • Front     75’         
  • Interior side       10’
  • Rear       7.5’        
  • Side street          20’

Swimming pools shall be constructed no closer than 5 feet to any building foundation unless the design is approved by structural review, but in no case can it be closer than 18” to any wall. 

Screen Enclosure Setbacks

  • Rear       6’           
  • Interior side       7.5’
  • Side street          15’

Fences, Walls and Hedges

Maximum height permitted        6’* 

* In certain instances, the height may be limited to 2.5’ for visibility at intersections and within 10 feet of either side of driveways.

The regulations contained herein are general in nature and are subject to change as deemed necessary by the Board of County Commissioners. It is advisable to contact Regulatory & Economic Resources Department at (305) 375-2800 to ascertain whether more restrictive regulations may apply to specific developments.

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