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Patios/Walkways


PATIOS/WALKWAYS

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Patios/Walkways


PATIOS/WALKWAYS

 

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:

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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?
 

Patio/Walkway Zoning Application


SUBMISSION CHECKLIST:

[   ] Completed Zoning Application (Development Permit Application)

[   ] $20.00 business check, money order or cashier's check

[   ] A copy of the property survey marking where the patio will go, how far the patio or walkway will be from the side and rear property lines and the size of the patio/walkway.

Patio/Walkway Zoning Application


SUBMISSION CHECKLIST:

[   ] Completed Zoning Application (Development Permit Application)

[   ] $20.00 business check, money order or cashier's check

[   ] A copy of the property survey marking where the patio will go, how far the patio or walkway will be from the side and rear property lines and the size of the patio/walkway.

File the permit for your patio/walkway by clicking the button below and printing the zoning application. Submit the application along with your property survey and architectural plans; and a business check, money order or cashier's check for $20.00 to the Plainfield Building Division. No cash, cards or personal checks are accepted. Sorry :( .


The Zoning Board of Adjustment presides over applications that need variances. If your patio/walkway does not meet the above provisions of the Land Use Ordinance, you probably need a variance. The variance process is a longer process than a normal zoning application and requires a board hearing, a 45 day review period by the Planning Division, and a $500 escrow for residential applications and $1,000 for commercial applications, along with fees. To learn more about the Zoning Board process, please contact the Planning Division at (908) 753-3391.

Zoning Board of Adjustment