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Old 04-04-2012, 08:27 AM
 
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Hello,
I searched and searched last night on various Durham City websites to try to figure out the setback requirements for building a carport. I want to put a carport on the side of my house (single car/single level) and I am trying to figure out how much room I need to leave between the carport and my neighbor's property line. I am in zone RS-8 according to the Durham City zoning atlas. Does anyone know the answer to this question or can you point me in the direction of where I can find the answer? As a last resort I could go downtown to the planning and zoning office but I'm trying to avoid that. Thanks.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:55 AM
 
Location: West Raleigh
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It's going to depend on where you want to put the carport - to the side of your driveway, in the back of the house, etc. I hate to say it, but I'd just call the Planning Office and talk to someone. Going down there is a pain and many times these things can be handled over the phone.

However, you could also try looking at their UDO (Unified Development Ordinances) here: Durham, NC - City of Medicine
I'd start with Article 7: Design Standards and then maybe check out Article 10: Off-Street Parking and Loading.

If you're going to call, it might also be a good idea to check out the UDO before doing so, just so you're at least somewhat familiar with what they're going to tell you...
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I would second the suggestion to call Planning. You can find it in the UDO, but it's not the easiest. We are soon building a garage/apartment on our property in Durham and while I was able to understand (I thought) the requirements under our zoning, Planning was very helpful and answered most of my questions in 5 minutes over the phone. Those that they couldn't they transferred to Inspections, which also took my questions over the phone and gave me good info. Of course be sure to write down the name of the person you speak with if there are discrepancies in the future. Not sure whether a carport has less stringent standards than a full enclosed building. Good luck!
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Downtown Durham, NC
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Planning and Zoning have a combined walk-up desk that you can try to get help at in person as well. They've really streamlined their process over the past couple of months, so walking in and asking for help isn't too much of an ordeal.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:13 AM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions, I'm off this Friday maybe I will just head down to the walk up desk. I tried reading the UDO and it wasn't very clear to me. Unless someone on this forum works directly for planning and inspections I think my question has been answered. Thanks.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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This link will help, but I second just heading downtown to the planning department. They're on the lower level just off the elevator.

Durham, NC - City of Medicine (http://www.durhamnc.gov/departments/planning/zoneord/section6/res.cfm - broken link)

Frank
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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If you have Friday off, guess what - they may have Friday off.
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Downtown Durham, NC
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Oops, Bo makes a great point. Most city offices are closed for Good Friday.

City of Durham - News and Noteworthy Details

The press release doesn't mention planning, but I'd call and ask if they're open tomorrow.
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I remember selling a home in Durham about 2 years ago and my client asked about extending her patio.

We were told by the builder that Durham has a strong policy against impervious surfaces. Meaning they only allow so much concrete areas in n'hoods.

Definitely ask about this, as I don't remember the details.

Vicki
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Downtown Durham, NC
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I remember selling a home in Durham about 2 years ago and my client asked about extending her patio.

We were told by the builder that Durham has a strong policy against impervious surfaces. Meaning they only allow so much concrete areas in n'hoods.

Definitely ask about this, as I don't remember the details.

Vicki
Yep, there's a limit to how much you can have. It's 30 or 33%, if I remember correctly, but if you're in a subdivision you may be able to "borrow" or "buy" some shared impervious surface so that you can get above that number on your land. I've also heard stories of some folks having some of their impervious surface taken by the developer and that it was all in the plat book when they bought the house but didn't notice it until a few years later when they wanted to build a patio.

Durham's looking at spending $800 million or more to clean up Fall's Lake (a reservoir they never wanted and actively lobbied against), so they have to take this stuff seriously.
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