§ 83.02.080  Allowed Projections/Structures Within Setbacks.
   This Section provides standards for allowed projections into required setbacks. Nothing in this Section is intended to prevent the construction of an allowed primary or accessory structure within the building envelope that is in the parcel area not included in any required setback area.
   (a)   Open and Unobstructed.  Each setback area shall be open and unobstructed from finished grade, or other specified level at which the setback area is required, to the sky except as provided in Table 83-5 (Allowed Projections/Structures Within Setbacks).
   (b)   Projections Attached to Primary Structure.  The architectural projections identified in the table shall be attached to the primary structure allowed on the parcel.
   (c)   Required Clear Areas.  The projections listed in Table 83-5 (Allowed Projections/Structures Within Setbacks) may not, in any event, encroach on or into the following:
      (1)   The Clear Sight Triangle required at traffic intersections.
      (2)   Within three feet of any parcel line, dividing parcels not in common ownership, except as noted in the Table.
      (3)   Within five feet of any side or rear property line in a Fire Safety Overlay District or as allowed in § 82.13.060(c).
   (d)   Table 83-5 (Allowed Projections into Setbacks).  Table 83-5 (Allowed Projections/Structures Within Setbacks) lists the equipment and architectural features typically related to a structure that may extend into front, side, and rear yard setbacks.
 
Table 83-5
Allowed Projections/Structures Within Setbacks
Projections
Front and Street Side Setbacks
Interior Side Setbacks
Rear Setbacks
Awnings, canopies, louvers and similar shading devices
4 ft.
2 ft.
4 ft.
Eaves, cornices, sills, planting boxes; skylights, fireplaces, flues and chimneys, small satellite dishes (less than 4 ft. in diameter) that are mounted on the roof, and similar architectural features
4 ft.
2 ft.
4 ft.
Evaporative coolers, air conditioner compressors, and pool equipment
4 ft. When screened from view
2 ft.
4 ft.
Water tanks, propane tanks sited per California Fire Code and maintained in compliance with standards specified by §83.01.060 (Fire Hazards)
Not allowed
Not allowed
4 ft.
Propane tanks in Mountain Region only when sited per California Fire Code and maintained in compliance with standards specified by §83.01.060 (Fire Hazards)
Allowed when screened from view
Not allowed
4 ft.
Large freestanding photovoltaic or solar panels (9 sq. ft. or greater)
Not allowed
Not allowed
10 ft.
Minimum 5 ft. separation from rear parcel line
Attached patio roofs and similar residential structures having open, unwalled sides along not less than 50 percent of their perimeters, including top deck (decks with height greater than 4 ft. above grade)
4 ft.
Not allowed
15 ft.
Minimum 5 ft. separation from rear parcel line
Cantilevered portion of primary structure more than 8 ft. above grade limited to 50 percent of length of one wall on any one story
4 ft.
4 ft.
4 ft.
Open-sided stairways, landings and required fire escapes
5 ft.
4 ft.
10 ft.
Uncovered porches, platforms, or decks (up to 4 ft. in height)
4 ft.
4 ft.
10 ft.
Open storage of boats, recreational vehicles, trailers and similar vehicles
Not Allowed
Allowed
Allowed
Temporary trash storage in appropriate containers
Not Allowed
Allowed
Allowed
Slides, clotheslines and similar equipment
Not allowed
Not allowed
Allowed
Radio or television masts or antennas, large satellite dishes (4 ft. or greater in diameter)
Not allowed
Not allowed
Allowed
Garages, carports, sheds and other similar uninhabitable, detached, enclosed accessory structures in the Valley and Desert Region that:
•   Occupy no more than 25 percent of yard
•   Limited to 1 story in height
   Not allowed
Not allowed
Allowed
Garages, carports, sheds and other similar, uninhabitable enclosed accessory structures in Mountain Region only that:
•   Limited to 1 story in height
•   Meet administrative criteria of Building Official
•   Occupy no more than 25 percent of rear yard
•   Adhere to 20 percent sideyard setback for front and rear property lines
Allowed for garages and carports only, but must maintain a 3 ft. setback from road right-of-way. 10 ft. minimum from existing edge of roadway pavement. Other structures not allowed.
Not allowed
   Allowed for detached accessory structures only
Unroofed parking, parking decks, and loading areas
As specified by the Chapter 83.11 (Parking Regulations)
Allowed
Allowed
Covered, underground or partially excavated structures (e.g., basements, fallout shelters, garages, public utility or telephone/cable TV vaults, wine cellars, etc.)
Allowed in all setback areas, provided that the facilities do not extend more than 30 inches above the adjoining average finished grade level.
Fences, screening, safety guardrails, walls along property lines
Allowed in compliance with § 83.06.030 (General Height Limitations).
   •   Industrial land use zoning districts
•   Commercial land use zoning districts
•   All other land use zoning districts
6 ft. max. height
4 ft. max. height
4 ft. max. height
10 ft. max. height
10 ft. max. height
6 ft. max. height
10 ft. max. height
10 ft. max. height
6 ft. max. height
 
Fence heights in excess of these standards may be allowed by an approved Use Permit, Variance, Tract or Parcel Map or when required by the County for reasons of the health and safety of the general public. In the RC and RL land use zoning districts, open fences may go up to a maximum of 5 feet in the front yard and street side yards.
•   Flagpoles
•   Sculpture and similar decorations
•   Trees(1), shrubs(1), and landscaping with a screening effect
•   Utility poles and lines located along property lines no closer than one foot from side property line (this includes small solar panels that are less than 9 sq. ft.)
•   Walkways(2)
•   Unroofed paving and driveways outside the ultimate road right-of-way. Unroofed paving and driveways within the ultimate road right-of-way shall be a minimum of 3 feet from the side property line(1)
 
 
 
 
 
Allowed
 
 
 
 
 
Allowed
 
 
 
 
 
Allowed
Signs
Allowed in all setback areas  subject to Chapter 83.13 (Signs)
Swimming pools and spas no closer than 5 ft. to any property line
Not allowed
Not allowed
Allowed
Accessory dwelling units and junior accessory dwelling units(3)
Not allowed
4 ft. from property line
4 ft. from property line
(1)      Trees and shrubs shall be planted so that at maturity they shall not interfere with a driver's or pedestrian's view of public rights-of-way (e.g., the view of approaching, merging, or intersecting traffic, etc.) or otherwise impair public safety, or interfere with the safe operation of a motor vehicle on public streets.
(2)    Walkways necessary for access to the building, parking areas and driveways may be supported on masonry construction in the Mountain Region.
(3)   No setback shall be required for an existing living area or accessory structure or a structure constructed in the same location and to the same dimensions as an existing structure that is converted to an accessory dwelling unit or to a portion of an accessory dwelling unit.
(Ord. 4011, passed - -2007; Am. Ord. 4043, passed - -2008; Am. Ord. 4057, passed - - 2008; Am. Ord. 4085, passed - -2009; Am. Ord. 4245, passed - -2014; Am. Ord. 4383, passed - -2020)