Can eaves, decks, and other similar things project into my property setbacks?
Yes, some things can, they include:
- Architectural features such as eaves, cornices, canopies, awnings and mechanical equipment can project up to 30 (thirty) inches into a setback.
- Enclosed Porches and Solariums. If attached to the first floor of a residence, these may extend into the rear yard setback across twenty percent of the lot width, but shall provide a minimum rear yard setback of thirteen feet, and provide the required side yard setbacks set forth in Tables B and C of this Chapter 18 of the Municipal Code.
- Balconies on the second floor or above may project a maximum of thirty inches into either the required front or rear setback. An enclosed covered patio or a covered deck (enclosed only by railings) can be placed in a rear yard of a residence as long as it is no closer than 10 (ten) feet to the rear property line.
- Patio covers of open roof trellis design only, attached to the main structure, may be located in the required rear yards, but must provide a minimum of five feet for a rear yard setback and a side yard setback equal to the required side yard of the underlying zoning district.
- Planter Boxes and Other Decorative Features. Decorative features attached to the walls of a structure may encroach a maximum of twelve inches into any required setback area.

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3. How do I find out what my property is zoned?
4. What are setbacks? What are the setbacks for my property?
5. Where am I permitted to place a storage shed or shop (accessory structure) on my property?
6. Can I build an addition to my home?
7. How many parking spaces do I need?
8. What can I do with my property?
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10. What is being built in Half Moon Bay?
11. When is a sign permit required?
12. How many chickens & roosters may I have on my property?
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18. What is a Coastal Development Permit (CDP)? What is the process for a CDP?
19. What do I need to do to operate a business at my residence?
20. Can I place a second dwelling unit on my property?
21. How much are application fees?
22. How high can my fence be?
23. Can eaves, decks, and other similar things project into my property setbacks?
24. How much signage is my business allowed?