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If all options have been explored and there are no feasible alternatives within the regulations of the ordinance, a property owner can request a variance from the Board of Adjustment. They must demonstrate that the request has no negative effects on public health, safety, or welfare and that there is some unique characteristic of the property that does not allow compliance with the current regulations. The property owner must also demonstrate a non-financial hardship if they were not granted a variance to the regulations.
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The public right-of-way refers to the land area dedicated to public use, typically for pedestrian and vehicular movement. The public right-of-way is controlled and generally maintained by a public agency, such as the City, County, State, or Federal government. Public rights-of-way can include:
The parkway is the portion of the public right-of-way between the curb or edge of street pavement and the property boundary of the adjacent private property. Landowners are required to maintain the parkway, including sidewalks and landscaping, located adjacent to their property. This area often includes:
Landowners are required to maintain the parkway, including sidewalks and landscaping, located adjacent to their property. The parkway is the portion of the public right-of-way between the curb or edge of street pavement and the property boundary of the adjacent private property. The parkway often includes:
Generally, easements establish a portion of private property where someone other than the landowner has legal property rights. Utility easements provide space for utilities such as water, sewer, electricity, and cable. Drainage easements allow water to flow to an area designated for detention.
Access easements allow public access across or to a particular area. No structures are allowed to be built over an easement, including swimming pools. For easement locations on a particular property, call the Planning Department at 325-676-6237.
If there is not enough space in front of the house to build a carport and comply with current setback regulations, the homeowner can request a special exception from the Board of Adjustment. Special exceptions are granted based primarily on compatibility with surrounding land uses. View the Glossary page for more information and to apply.
Please review the Fences, Walls, and Hedges in Residential Areas (PDF) for more information.
Please call 325-676-6237 for more information.
Please review the Home Occupations Brochure (PDF) for more information.
Setbacks vary depending on zoning, street classification, and the surrounding zoning districts. Information on individual properties must be obtained from the Planning Department. Please call 325-676-6237.
Building permits are required for any structures that will have electricity. If there is no electricity, a permit is only required if the building will be over 200 square feet. Building permits are not required for fences 7 feet or less in height or decks lower than 30 inches in height.
Building permits can be obtained from the Development Service Center on the first floor of City Hall. Contact Building Inspections for specific details. Also, see the Fences, Walls, and Hedges in Residential Areas (PDF) for details on fencing requirements.
Please review the Plat Handout (PDF) for more information.
Site plans are required for all new structures except detached single-family dwellings and duplexes. Additions to do not require site plan review if they are attached and less than 50 percent of the value and square footage of the existing structure. Review the Site Plan Application and Checklist (PDF) for more information.
Garage sales are only permitted in residential districts and are subject to the following guidelines:
An Itinerant Business Permit is required:
A permit is not required for garage sales in residential zoning districts, businesses that are operated or owned by the same person or entity that owns the property, or businesses that hold a lease term on the property of at least one year. For more information on Itinerant Businesses visit our Applications page. For more information, call the City of Abilene Planning Division at 325-676-6237.