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Frequently Asked Questions - Area Planning & Zoning
Refer to the Zoning Change Requests page of this site for information on this topic.
Refer to Article I table 1.01 of the Unified Zoning Ordinance
Yes - an in-ground pool requires a permit from Area Planning.
You need an ILP for an above ground swimming pool if the width is 18 feet or larger and the depth is at least 3 feet.
Reference: Article II section 2.11 as well as article XIII definitions of the Unified Zoning Ordinance.
The answer to this question varies according to the zoning of the property.
In the Agricultural Limited District you must have five acres.
Reference: Article III table 3.03 of the Unified Zoning Ordinance
In the Agricultural Intensive District you must have 40 acres for livestock.
You may apply for a variance on this acreage requirement.
Reference: Article III-1, table 3.1-03 of the Unified Zoning Ordinance
A residence must have a minimum of 950 square feet of living space in Randolph County.
The right-of-way is the entire width of a street, road or an alley that goes beyond the paved or graveled areas. There is no "standard" right-of-way. Contact Area Planning & Zoning for assistance with this determination.
Set back requirements vary according to location and zoning districts.
Please refer to the Unified Zoning Ordinance section that refers to the area where you have chosen to build.
Outside of the city limits, it is required you have at least two acres for a new home or a mobile home. Other restrictions may apply withing city or town limits.
Reference: article III table 3.03, article III-1, and table 3.1-03 of the Unified Zoning Ordinance
It is necessary to file for an ILP to set a mobile home on a property. Also if placing a Moblie Home on a residentially zoned piece of property, that is not in a licensed Mobile Home Park, you are required to receive Special Exception approval from the Board of Zoning Appeals.
A permit is required for all storage sheds larger than 100 square feet.
A fence may be placed directly on property lines. If the fence is in the front of the home it cannot be placed in the street right-of-way.
From the front line of a home to the rear property line, a fence can be no higher than six feet without applying for a variance before the Board of Zoning Appeals.
From the front line of the home to the street right of way a fence may be no higher than four feet.
Reference: Residential zoning districts Article IV section 4.10 of the Unified Zoning Ordinance
It is not necessary to obtain an ILP to build a fence. However, you are required to abide by regulations stated in the Unified Zoning Ordinance.
Reference: Article II of the Unified Zoning Ordinance
section 2.02, page 3
If you choose not to apply for an ILP you may be found guilty of maintaining a common nuisance, and fined no less than $10 per day and no more than $300 per day as long as a violation occurs.
Reference: Article X section 10.06.4 of the Unified Zoning Ordinance
The cost of an ILP is based on the improvement as well as the zoning district of the property. Check with Area Planning for the fee involved.
Reference: Article X, section 10.06.6 of the Unified Zoning Ordinance
In order to apply for an ILP, it is necessary to know the dimensions of the structure being placed, added on or moved on a property. In addition you will be required to provide a site plan; this is a diagram which shows the boundaries of the property as well as all other structures located on the property and the new improvement. Area Planning can provide an Aerial photograph of a property to use as input to yoursite plan.
Reference: Article XIII of the Unified Zoning Ordinance, Page118
You are required to obtain an ILP if building a new structure, adding on to an existing structure, changing the location of a structure on a property, or adding a pond or swimming pool.
Please feel free to call the Area Planning Office if you have any there is a questions.
Reference: Unified Zoning Ordinance Article II, section 2.02, page 3
An Improvement Location Permit (ILP) is written authorization from the Area Planning Commission approving the location of construction on a property.
Reference: Unified Zoning Ordinance Article XIII, Definitions, Page 99
You do not need a permit for a driveway on your property.