ACCESSORY BUILDING: A subordinate building, the use of which is incidental to that of the main building or the main use of the premises. Private detached garages are considered "accessory buildings".
ALLEY: A public or private thoroughfare which affords a secondary means of access to property abutting thereon.
BASEMENT: A story having part or all of its height below grade. A basement shall not be counted as a story for the purpose of height regulation. A cellar shall be considered a basement.
BUILDING: Any structure designed or intended for the support, enclosure, shelter or protection of persons, animals, or other property. When a structure is divided into separate parts by unpierced walls extending from the ground up, each part is deemed a separate building.
BUILDING AND ZONING PERMIT: A building and zoning permit issued by the building official, which authorizes performance of an activity that is subject to the City Building Code. The fee schedule for a permit will be established by ordinance of the City Council from time to time.
BUILDING, HEIGHT OF: The vertical distance from the ground grade to the highest point of the coping of a flat roof or to the deck line of a mansard roof, or the actual top of the ridgeline for gable, hip and gambrel roofs.
BUILDING OFFICIAL: The City Administrator, his/her designee or such other person as may be designated by the City Council.
BUSINESS: Any occupation, employment or enterprise wherein goods, merchandise or other property is exhibited or sold, or which occupies time, attention, labor or materials, or where services are offered for compensation.
CARPORT: Any permanent structure, either attached to a building or unattached, which is open on two (2) or more sides, has a roof, and is of sufficient size to shelter one or more motor vehicles.
DRIVE-IN ESTABLISHMENT: A business which accommodates patrons' motor vehicles and in which patrons may be served or may use goods or merchandise sold by such business.
DRIVEWAY: Any surfaced area connecting a parking space with a street or alley and permitting satisfactory ingress and egress of a motor vehicle.
DRIVEWAY APPROACH: That part of a driveway between the edge of the paved surface of a street to the front lot line. The "driveway apron" is that part of the approach closest to the edge of the paved surface of a street.
DWELLING: Any building or portion thereof, but not a mobile home, trailer or tent, which is designed or used primarily for residential purposes.
DWELLING, MULTIPLE: A building designed as or consisting of more than two (2) dwelling units, intended for use by more than two (2) families.
DWELLING, SINGLE-FAMILY: A building designed as or consisting of one dwelling unit, intended for use by one family.
DWELLING, TWO-FAMILY: A building designed as or consisting of two (2) dwelling units, intended for use by two (2) families.
DWELLING UNIT: A group of rooms constituting all or part of a structure, which are arranged, designed, used or intended as living quarters for one family, and which includes complete kitchen and bathroom facilities, permanently installed and not shared with another dwelling unit.
FAMILY: One or more persons occupying a dwelling unit and living as a single housekeeping unit, whether or not related to each other by birth, adoption or marriage; but no unrelated group consisting of more than five (5) persons shall be considered a family.
FENCE: A barrier more than twenty inches (20") uncovered from the ground intended to prevent ingress or egress, to mark a boundary, or to create a sense of privacy or security. An ornamental wall shall be considered a fence.
FRONTAGE: All property on one side of a street between two (2) intersecting streets (crossing or terminating), measured along the line of the street, or if the street is dead ended, then all of the property abutting on one side between an intersecting street and the dead end of the street.
GARAGE: A building housing motor vehicles (whether attached to or detached from the main building), which is the property of and for the private use of the occupants of the lot on which the private garage is located. All garages shall be limited to no more than forty percent (40%) of the living space. An open sided garage, commonly known as a carport, shall be considered a garage for the purpose of this title.
GARAGE, COMMERCIAL: Any building or premises, except that used as a private garage, used for equipping, repairing, leasing, selling or storing motor vehicles.
HOME OCCUPATION: Any occupation, profession, avocation or hobby, whether or not for profit, carried on in a residential district.
HOTEL: A building containing lodging rooms, a general kitchen and dining room, a common entrance lobby, and halls, stairways or elevators, where each lodging room does not have a doorway opening to the outdoors, in which lodging is provided and offered to the public for compensation, and which is open to transient guests, as opposed to a boarding house or lodging house.
INSTITUTION: A building occupied by a nonprofit corporation or a nonprofit organization for public use.
LODGING HOUSE: A building or place where lodging is provided (or which is equipped regularly to provide lodging) by prearrangement for a definite period, for compensation, for three (3) or more, but not exceeding twelve (12), individuals, not open to transient guests, in contradistinction to hotels or motels open to transients. A boarding house shall be synonymous with a lodging house.
LOT: A parcel of land, whether as described on a plat of subdivision or further divided, which is occupied or intended for occupancy by one principal building or one principal use permitted in this title, together with accessory buildings, and together with yards and parking spaces required by this title.
LOT, CORNER: A lot abutting upon two (2) streets at their intersection. Please note that both abutting sides are considered frontage.
LOT, DEPTH OF: The mean horizontal distance between the front and rear lot lines.
LOT, DOUBLE FRONTAGE: A lot having frontage on two (2) nonintersecting streets, as distinguished from a corner lot.
LOT LINE: The dividing line between a lot, tract or parcel of land and the contiguous street, alley, or adjacent lots, tracts or parcels of land.
   A.   The "front lot line" is the front City right- of-way line. On corner lots, the front lot line is that which faces the front door or wall of the existing building, or when there is no existing building, the shorter street line.
   B.   The "rear lot line" is the lot line most nearly parallel to the front lot line.
   C.   Other lines are "side lot lines".
MOTEL: A building containing lodging rooms, where each lodging room has a doorway opening to the outdoors, or other than a common entrance, in which lodging is provided and offered to the public for compensation, and which is open to transient guests, as opposed to a boarding house or lodging house.
NONCOMPLYING BUILDING OR STRUCTURE: Any lawful building or other structure, which does not conform to the applicable bulk regulations of the City either on the effective date hereof, or as a result of a subsequent amendment thereto.
NONCONFORMING USE: Any lawful use of a building or other structure or a tract of land which does not conform to the applicable use regulations of the City either on the effective date hereof, or as a result of a subsequent amendment thereto.
PARKING SPACE: An area for the parking of motor vehicles and other conveyances, sized, located and surfaced in compliance with the requirements of this title.
SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS: Businesses or offices wherein services are offered for compensation, and where the sale of goods or merchandise is incidental to the main activity.
SIGN, ADVERTISING: A sign which directs attention to a business, goods, merchandise, commodity, or service not sold or offered upon the premises where such sign is erected or in the structure upon which it is affixed.
STORY: That portion of a building, other than a cellar or basement, included between the surface of any floor and the surface of the floor next above it or, if there is no floor above it, then the space between the floor and the ceiling next above it.
STORY, HALF: A space under a sloping roof which has the line of intersection of roof decking and wall space not more than three feet (3') above the top floor level, and in which space not more than sixty percent (60%) of the floor area is finished for use.
STREET: All property used, dedicated or intended for public or private street or roadway purposes or subject to easements therefor.
STRUCTURAL ALTERATIONS: Any change in the supporting members of a building, such as bearing walls or partitions, columns, beams or girders, or any substantial change in the roof or in the exterior walls.
STRUCTURE: Anything constructed or erected, the use of which requires permanent location on the ground or attached to something having a permanent location on the ground, including, but not limited to, houses, garages, sheds, fences, decks, patios, pergolas, arbors, trellises, porches, roofs, ornamental walls, outdoor kitchens/fireplaces and canopies.
TRAILER: A vehicle or portable structure built on a chassis, designed as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreational or vacation use, and customarily towed behind a motor vehicle. A self-propelled trailer, commonly called a motor home, shall be considered a trailer for purposes of this title. A camper, customarily designed for mounting upon the bed of a pickup truck, shall also be considered a trailer for purposes of this title. Boat and utility trailers are included herein.
   A.   A structure or frame of latticework used as a screen or as a support for climbing plants,
   B.   A construction chiefly or wholly of latticework,
   C.   An arrangement that forms or gives the effect of a lattice.
YARD: An open space on the same lot with a building, unoccupied and unobstructed by a portion of a structure from the ground upward, except as otherwise provided herein. In measuring a yard for the purpose of determining the width of a side yard, the depth of the front yard, or the depth of a rear yard, the mean horizontal distance between the lot line, as platted, and the main building shall be used.
YARD, FRONT: A yard extending across the front of a lot, and being the minimum horizontal distance between the front lot line and the main building or any projection thereof other than the projection of the usual steps.
YARD, REAR: A yard extending across the rear of a lot between side lot lines, and being the minimum horizontal distance between the rear lot line and the rear of the main building or any projections other than steps. On corner lots, the rear yard shall be considered as parallel to the street upon which the lot has its lesser dimension. On both corner lots and interior lots, the rear yard shall in all cases be at the opposite end of the lot from the front yard and shall be as set out in subsection 9-3-8B of this title.
YARD, SIDE: A yard between the main building and the side line of the lot and extending from the front yard line to the rear yard line. (Ord. 417, 3-28-2017; amd. Ord. 424, 1-23-2018)