What is a Setback?

Setbacks limit how close you can build to the property boundaries, roads, septic systems, wetlands, and
shorelines. Setback standards can be obtained from your local zoning office. Setbacks vary depending
on what type of structure is involved. For example, setback requirements for a garage may differ from
setback requirements for a shed. Setbacks also vary depending on the location of the property (whether
the property is located in an urban or rural area). Some zoning districts do not require setbacks.