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Residential Home Placement on Property

Designing a home is one thing. If this is a new home or a new addition,  you will need to know where you can place it on the property where it is to be built. Building codes, such as the International Residential Code (IRC) divide structures into different categories that are dependant on how the building is to be occupied. For example, is the building going to be a hotel, an apartment building, a convent, a single-family dwelling, or a lodging with more than ten inhabitants? Single-family residences and apartments with fewer than ten inhabitants are defined as R-3. An R-3 designation allows the use of the least restrictive type of construction and fire rating group.

This tip will describe where on the property in relation to the property lines or boundaries you can place a dwelling of a type R occupancy per the building code. This tip will also explain special provisions that will allow placement of dwellings closer than 5’ to a property line. Other considerations for house placement are also discussed.


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