How close can I build to my property line?
All structures (houses, garages, sheds, decks, pools, spas, patio covers, gazebos, etc.) are required to be located a certain distance away from all property lines of your lot. This distance varies with both the type of structure and the zoning of your neighborhood. Straight zoning (usually older neighborhoods) has regulations adopted by ordinance in the Municipal Code (Title 17, Zoning). Newer subdivisions have PUD (planned unit development) zoning, which has regulations unique to each subdivision or filing adopted through the development plan process.

Typically, all structures shall be at least 5 feet away from the side property lines, and could be required to be set back even greater distances. In a majority of cases, the house is constructed at the minimum front setback line, and no structure can be built closer to the street than the house. The rear yard setbacks vary considerably, depending on the subdivision and the structure. There may also be utility or drainage easements in various locations on your lot that restrict the placement of any structure.

For correct setback information in all zoning districts, please call the City and County of Broomfield Planning Division at 303-438-6284.

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1. I am thinking about a home improvement project and have questions. Who can I ask?
2. Do I need a building permit for my project?
3. What plans do I need for a permit?
4. Do I need a permit to replace my water heater?
5. How long does it take to get a building permit?
6. How much will my permit cost?
7. What happens if I don't get a permit?
8. How close can I build to my property line?
9. How do I avoid paying taxes twice on my project materials?
10. Does Broomfield have special requirements for re-roofing?
11. Can I do all the electrical and plumbing work on my own home?
12. For boilers, do I need State of Colorado as well as City and County of Broomfield permit and inspections?
13. Do I need a contractor's license to get a permit?
14. What inspections do I need for my project?
15. How do I call for an inspection on my project?
16. I have questions about my inspection. Who do I talk to?
17. What time will the inspector arrive?
18. Will a City and County Building inspector come look at my house if I have problems?
19. How does the new Carbon Monoxide Alarm law affect me?
20. How do I get to the Broomfield building department?
21. What are your office hours and who is on staff?
22. Do the EPA lead abatement regulations apply to my project?