What does a setback mean?

Setback is the distance from a curb, property line, or structure within which building is prohibited. Setbacks are building restrictions imposed on property owners. Local governments create setbacks through ordinances and Building Codes, usually for reasons of public policy such as safety, privacy, and environmental protection.


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1. Where can I find the town’s zoning rules?
2. What is a Variance?
3. What does a setback mean?
4. Does my property line extend to the road pavement?
5. Why do I have to go to the Hyde Park ZBA to get approval for my project?
6. Is it legal to put yard sale signs on telephone poles?
7. Can I place a shed up to the property line?
8. Does the town enforce deed restrictions?
9. Can I submit a petition to the ZBA?
10. How do I report a zoning violation?