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Accessory uses and structures are incidental or subordinate to the principal use of the property. In residential zones these can be garages or sheds, decks or satellite dishes. Any structure over 120 square feet requires a building permit and it must meet building height and setback requirements. For commercial and industrial properties, please email the Planning Department to discuss any accessory use or structure.
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You can have a 6-foot high fence along the sides and rear of your property up to the front setback line. Along the sides and front of your property within the front setback you may have a fence 48 inches high if it is 50% open. You must also maintain vision clearance along the street and not create a traffic hazard with fences. If your house is located within the required front setback, an exception may be made to these rules. Please talk to the Planner at 719-276-5294 for more information and refer to Chapter 17.20.080 of the Zoning Regulations.
Generally not, unless specific permission has been given by the City through a Special Review Use approval and you’ve been issued a Certificate of Compliance for an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). There are 2 instances where these regulations would apply:
Please call the Planner for more information about these processes. See Chapter 17.15 of the Zoning Regulations for more information.
Barbed wire and electric fences are not allowed in the residential zone districts. All fences erected for the purposes of public safety, health and welfare must be reviewed and approved by the City Engineer and the City Administrator. Please refer to Chapter 17.20.080 of the Zoning Regulations for more information.
If your food cart will be part of a larger event or festival, you will be permitted through that Special Event. The responsible party for the event will also be responsible for your food cart. If you will be operating a food cart on your own and depending on where it will be located, you may need to get a temporary use permit. Please refer to Chapter 17.20.085 of the Zoning Regulations for specific regulations about food carts and kiosks. Sales and use tax licenses are also required.
Permitted, conditional and special review uses are determined based on the zoning of your property. Refer to Chapter 17.12 of the Zoning Regulations for detailed uses allowed in each zone. Please call the Planning Department at 719-276-5294 with any questions.
Setback requirements vary depending upon the property’s zoning and the type of structure being built. Typically, a house will have greater setbacks than a garage. For instance, the rear setback requirement for a principal structure (your house) is 25 feet in the R1 zone district and it is 1 foot for an accessory structure like a garage or shed. You can look up your property on the Zoning Map (PDF) and the development standards for your zone district in the Zoning Regulations, but it is always best to contact the Planning Department to get a verification of zoning and the development standards for each district. Chapter 17.12 of the Zoning Regulations Handouts.