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Building Line

The closest a building (such as a house) may be to the demarcation dividing two real estate properties. A building line may ensure that houses abide by the fire code or may simply ensure that residents and businesses have some degree of privacy. Building lines are set by either the local government or, less commonly, a neighborhood association.
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building line

A setback line; the closest a building may be allowed to come to the property boundary line.Building lines may be set by local government or by subdivision building restrictions.

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However, these facilities are situated at or behind the setback line.
Because the site boundary was smaller than ideal, the property setback lines defined the maximum building footprint.
Locate all buildings and other improvements to verify that they do not encroach over any boundaries, easements, or setback lines. Other structures, parking lots, and fences should be shown.
A second source of regulation, coastal setback lines, was first introduced with a 1971 revision to the 1969 act.
Some local planning boards set house-to-lot ratios and prohibit building all the way to setback lines to avoid the big-house-on-a-small-lot syndrome.
He achieved his objective by following the setback lines as closely as possible, creating a boomerang-shaped plan opening to a lakeside deck.