• Section 5.02  Accessory Buildings, Structures and Uses.
   (a)   Detached Accessory Buildings (Residential).  Except as otherwise permitted in this Zoning Ordinance, all detached accessory buildings located in a residential district are subject to the following regulations:
      (1)   All accessory buildings shall be architecturally compatible with the main building (i.e. building materials, roof pitch, height, etc.) A determination of architectural compatibility can be referred to the Planning Commission at the sole discretion of the Zoning Administrator.
      (2)   All multiple story detached accessory buildings shall be subject to the special land use criteria and procedures of Section 3.03.
      (3)   All detached accessory buildings with habitable space shall be subject to the special land use criteria and procedures of Section 3.03 and subsection 5.02(f).
      (4)   All detached accessory buildings exceeding 200 square feet shall be provided with an approved foundation system in accordance with The Michigan Building or Residential Code, as appropriate.
 
 
Location
Ground FloorArea
Minimum Yard Setbacks
Maximum BuildingHeight
Districts
 
Lesser of
Front (ft.)
Side (ft.)
Rear (ft.)
Btw. Bldgs. (ft.)
Stories4
Feet4
R-1, R-2, R-T, and HL5
Rear Yard1
30% of the rear yard or 900 sq. ft.
25
3
3
See footnote 3
2
25
RM5
Rear Yard1
30% of the rear yard or 900 sq. ft.2
25
6
6
See footnote 3
2
25
 
Footnotes:
1.   If located on a corner lot, the detached accessory building may be located in the side yard providing the front yard setback is comparable to the main building on the adjacent lot, and a minimum side yard setback of eight (8) feet is maintained.
2.   These provisions only apply to maintenance garages and storage sheds. Carports and garages shall be subject to the same provisions as the main buildings.
3.   No detachedaccessory building of greater than two hundred (200) square feet shall be located closer than ten (10) feet from a main building, nor closer than six (6) feet from any other accessory building, regardless of whether or not the buildings are on the same or adjacent lots.  Additionally, no detached accessory building shall be located closer than three (3) feet from the side or rear lot line so long as the maintenance of six (6) feet between the accessorybuildings exists.
4.   The height shall not exceed that of the existing main building.
5.   Only one (1) detached accessory building and one (1) shed is permitted per lot.
   (b)   Detached Accessory Buildings (Office and Commercial). Except as otherwise permitted in this Zoning Ordinance, all detached accessory buildings located in an office or commercial district are subject to the following regulations:
      (1)   All buildings shall be subject to site plan review.
      (2)   All buildings shall be located in the rear yard only.
      (3)   All buildings are subject to the same placement and height requirements applicable to main buildings in the district in which located except the O-1 and B-1 districts. Detached accessory buildings in the O-1 and B-1 districts shall be located no less than six (6) feet from the side and rear property lines and shall be located no less than ten (10) feet from all other on-site or off-site buildings.
      (4)   All buildings shall not exceed a ground floor area of nine hundred (900) square feet.
   (c)   Attached Accessory Buildings.  Except as otherwise permitted in this Zoning Ordinance, all attached accessory buildings are subject to the following regulations:
      (1)   All accessory buildings shall be architecturally compatible with the main building (i.e. building materials, roof pitch, height, etc.).  A determination of architectural compatibility can be referred to the Planning Commission at the sole discretion of the Zoning Administrator.
      (2)   The minimum yard setbacks shall be the same as the main building and governed by Section 4.07, Schedule of Area, Height, Width and Setback Regulations.
      (3)   Attached accessory buildings within the O-1, B-1 and B-2 districts shall be subject to the special land use criteria and procedures of Section 3.03.
 
Ground Floor Area
Maximum
Building Height
Districts
Greater of
Stories1
Feet1
R-1, R-2, R-T, and R- M
40% of the main building or 528 sq. ft.
2-1/2
25
HL
40% of the main building or 528 sq. ft.
2-1/2
25
 
Footnotes:
1.   The height shall not exceed that of the existing main building.
   (d)   DecksDecks requiring a foundation shall be subject to the following:
         (1)   The total square footage, excluding steps, shall not exceed the ground floor area of the principal building.
         (2)   Decks shall be subject to the following minimum setback requirements:
            A.   A deck shall meet the required side yard requirements of the district in which it is located, except that steps shall be permitted to encroach up to five feet in the required side yard setback.
            B.   A deck shall be permitted to encroach in the required rear and/or front yard by no more than ten (10) feet, provided the portion of a deck that occupies the required yard shall not be above the elevation of the first floor of the residence.  Furthermore, the portion of a deck that occupies the required yard shall not contain any enclosed or covered structures, such as a gazebo or screened porch.
   (e)   Private Swimming Pools.  Except as otherwise permitted in this Zoning Ordinance, all private swimming pools shall be subject to the following:
      (1)   Only permitted in the rear yard.
      (2)   There shall be a distance of not less than ten (10) feet between the adjoining property line and the outside of the pool wall.
      (3)   No swimming pool shall be located less than thirty-five (35) feet from a front lot line.
      (4)   No swimming pool shall be located less than ten (10) feet from a side street or alley right-of- way, or the distance required for side yards by this Zoning Ordinance, whichever is greater.
      (5)   No swimming pool shall be located in an easement.
      (6)   For the protection of the general public, all swimming pools shall comply with the Building Code as it relates to safety enclosures.
      (7)   All pools shall comply with the clearance requirements associated with overhead service power lines as per the Building Code.
   (f)   Accessory Residential Dwelling Units.  Except as otherwise permitted in this Zoning Ordinance, all accessory residential dwelling units located on a parcel containing a permitted or special land use is subject to the following conditions:
      (1)   Dwelling units shall be located above the first floor.
      (2)   The minimum floor area requirements for multiple family dwellings set forth in Section 5.03 shall be met.
      (3)   The Planning Commission may impose reasonable conditions to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the occupants.
   (g)   Barrier Free Ramps.
      (1)   Temporary ramps to provide barrier free access to a single-family home shall be permitted to encroach into the required front or side yard setback to meet the required slope. Temporary ramps shall not have permanent below grade footings.
      (2)   Permanent ramps to provide barrier free access to a single-family home, or ramps at a structure other than a single-family home, shall be required to meet necessary side yard setbacks and shall be permitted to encroach into the front yard setback up to ten (10) feet.