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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.

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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The approach of using setback lines in tandem with dune preservation is less costly to implement.
Locate all buildings and other improvements to verify that they do not encroach over any boundaries, easements, or setback lines.
The new law directed the Department of Natural Resources to "establish coastal construction setback lines on a county basis along the sand beaches of the state fronting on the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
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.
Note the 1/2" setback lines on the sides and bottom (see "Bottom and Sides" diagram, page 66).