Zoning Regulations (17:9-19)

Patios in your backyard increase your homes value and add a peaceful and relaxing area outside of the house. The following regulations cover patios in Plainfield:


3' from property line

All patios and walkways must be located no closer than 3' to the property line.

Lot Coverage

Each zone has lot coverage requirements. Please be sure that your lot coverage is not over your zone limits or your application will be denied. To look up lot coverage:

  • Find your zone on the zoning map.
  • You can look up your zone's lot coverage limit in this table.
  • Add the square footage up for all structures and paved surfaces on your property. (Note: You may need an engineering scale for this task, and may wish to have the Zoning Office assess the lot coverage during your zoning review instead, which is fine.)
  • Divide your lot size by the total square footage of all structures and paved surfaces. The percentage you are left with (usually between 20% and 60%), will indicate your current lot coverage without the patio/walkway. If you add in the patio square footage, will you be under your zone's lot coverage figures?