All words used in the present tense include the future tense. All words in the singular include plural and all words in the plural include the singular. The word "shall" is mandatory and not directory. The word "used" shall be deemed to include "designed, intended, or arranged to be used".
For the purpose of this title, certain terms or words used herein shall be interpreted as follows:
ACCESSORY USE OR BUILDING: A use customarily incidental and subordinate to the principal use or building and located on the same lot with such principal use or building.
AGRICULTURAL USES, BONA FIDE: The growing of crops in the open, raising of stock and poultry, forestry, mushroom growing, flower gardening, operation of apiaries and aviaries, nurseries, orchards, fur farms, roadside stands, signs and billboards relating to the sale or use of products produced thereon, and necessary structures and farm dwellings for such uses.
ALLEY: Any public or private way dedicated to public travel and less than twenty feet (20') in width.
BUILDING: Any structure constructed or used for residence, business, industry or other public or private purposes, or accessory thereto, and including tents, trailers, billboards, signs and similar structures whether stationary or movable.
CONFINEMENT FEEDING, COMMERCIAL FEED LOT: Confinement feeding is characterized in two (2) ways:
   (A)   Maintaining animals on a solid material (wood, concrete, blacktop, etc.) making manure disposal possible.
   (B)   Maintaining animals in a commercial feeding operation wherein eighty percent (80%) of the feed is purchased.
DECK: A roofless, floored structure, typically with a railing, that adjoins a house.
DWELLING: A permanent building used primarily for human habitation, but not including facilities for the housing of transient residents nor to include mobile homes.
DWELLING, MULTIPLE-FAMILY: A permanent building or portion thereof providing separate living accommodations for three (3) or more families. "Efficiency dwelling unit" or "efficiency apartment" is a dwelling unit consisting of not more than one room in addition to kitchen and necessary sanitary facilities.
DWELLING, SINGLE-FAMILY: A permanent building, separate and freestanding in itself, providing living accommodations for one family.
DWELLING, TWO-FAMILY: A permanent building designed exclusively for occupancy by two (2) families.
FENCE: A freestanding structure made of metal, masonry, composite, wood, plantings, or a combination thereof, including gates, resting on or partially buried in the ground level, and used to delineate a boundary, barrier or means of protection or screening.
HEIGHT OF BUILDING: The vertical distance from the established average sidewalk grade, street grade or finished grade, at the building line, whichever is the highest, to the highest point of the building.
HOME OCCUPATION: Any use conducted entirely within a dwelling by the occupant of the dwelling and as a secondary use which is clearly incidental to the use of the dwelling for residential purposes. Such a use shall employ not more than one person outside the family resident in dwelling.
LOT: A piece, parcel or plot of land occupied or to be occupied by one principal building and its accessory buildings and including the open spaces required under this title.
MOBILE HOME: A movable or portable unit designed and constructed to be transported, comprised of a frame and/or wheels and so designed to be connected to utilities of year round occupancy and provide complete independent living facilities, including facilities for cooking, sleeping and sanitation. The term includes units containing parts that may be collapsed or telescoped when being transported and then expanded to provide additional cubic capacity, and units composed of two (2) or more separately transportable components designed to be joined into an integral unit capable of being separated again into components for repeated transporting. Removal of wheels, towing devices or any other alteration does not qualify a mobile home as a conventional single-family dwelling unless such alterations enable the unit to meet the National Building Code, latest edition, the BOCA (Building Officials and Code Administrators International) Basic Building Code 1 , latest edition, Uniform Building Code, 1970 edition, or the Federal Housing Authority's minimum property standards for one- and two-family living units.
NONCONFORMING USE: A use of building or land lawful at the time of enactment of this title that does not conform with the "permitted use" provisions of this title.
PORCH: An exterior appendage to a building, forming a covered approach or vestibule to a doorway.
STREET: Any public or private way dedicated to public travel twenty feet (20') or more in width. The word "street" shall include the words "road", "highway" and "thoroughfare".
STRUCTURE: Anything built or constructed.
USE: The purpose or activity for which a building, structure or land is occupied or maintained.
YARD: An open space on the same lot with a principal building, open, unoccupied and unobstructed by buildings, except as otherwise provided in this title.
   (A)   Front Yard: The yard extending across the entire width of the lot between the principal building and the right-of-way line or street line which the building faces. The depth of the front yard shall be measured between the front line of the building and the street line (or if street is less than proposed right-of-way as indicated on the official map, from the proposed street lines).
   (B)   Rear Yard: The yard extending across the entire width of the lot between the rear lot line and the nearest part of the principal building.
   (C)   Side Yard: The yard extending along the side lot line from the front yard to the rear yard and lying between the side lot line and the nearest part of the principal building. Where the required side yard is adjacent to a street, the width of such yard shall be measured between the building and the street line (or if such street is less than the proposed right-of-way as indicated on the official map, from the proposed right-of-way line).
   (D)   Right-Of-Way Lines: Street right-of-way lines are not the pavement edge, but are the outer extremities of the property dedicated to public travel. (1-2-1968; amd. Ord. 86-8, 3-4-1986; Ord. 05-09, 7-19-2005; Ord. 17-07, 5-16-2017)



1. See section 4-2-1 of this Code.