Frequently Asked Questions
The Community Development processes can often times come with a lot of questions. Please see the links below to help answer some of the most commonly asked ones.
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- Chickens are allowed in RAC as an agricultural use. Agriculture regulations apply.
- Residential chickens are allowed in Rural residential (RR), village center (VC), neighborhood conservation (NC), suburban estate (SE), suburban residential (SR), and only in conjunction with an occupied single family residence. The following standards apply.
- All chickens shall be provided with a predator proof shelter that is thoroughly ventilated, provides adequate sun and shade and protection from the elements, and is designed to be easily accessed and cleaned.
- All shelters and associated structures including fencing shall be located fully to the rear of the residential structure.
- All chickens shall be kept in the shelter outlined in item a., shall have their wings clipped to prevent excessive ranging, and shall be prohibited from free ranging unless under the supervision of the owner or his designee.
- The maximum number of chickens permitted on a residential property shall be six (6). The keeping of all other types of poultry or fowl are prohibited.
- No roosters shall be permitted to be kept on a residential property.
- All shelters and associated structures including fencing shall be kept in a neat and sanitary condition at all times, and must be cleaned on a regular basis so as to prevent odors outside the boundaries of the property. All feed for the chickens shall be kept in a secure container or location to prevent the attraction of rodents and other animals.
- No person shall store, stockpile or permit any accumulation of chicken litter and waste in any manner whatsoever that, due to odor, attraction of flies or other pests, or for any other reason which diminishes the rights of the adjacent property owners to enjoy reasonable use of their property.
- No commercial activity such as the selling of eggs or chickens for meat shall be permitted to occur from the residential property.
- A zoning waiver shall be required prior to the keeping of chickens on residentially zoned properties or the placement of any associated structures.
An accessory apartment is a Residential Use Type allowed on the same lot as a single-family detached dwelling or in a commercial use that is incidental/subordinate to the primary use. An accessory apartment is allowed as a permitted or conditional use in specific zoning districts, and the following shall apply:
- An accessory apartment shall not be permitted on any lot which does not have one hundred percent (100%) of the minimum lot size requirement for the zoning district in which the use is located.
- Only one accessory apartment may be located either in a primary dwelling unit or in an accessory structure on the same lot or parcel as the primary dwelling.
- Only one accessory apartment is permitted per commercial use.
- No more than two (2) bedroom are permitted in an accessory apartment.
- Approval of water and sewage disposal shall be obtained from the Isle of Wight Count Health Department or the Department of Public Utilities.
- The owner of the residential dwelling unit shall occupy at least one (1) of the dwelling units on the premises.
- If an accessory apartment is in the primary dwelling, the apartment entry shall be located on the side or rear of the unit, and its design shall be such that the appearance of the dwelling will remain as a single-family residential structure. No accessory apartment shall be attached to a primary dwelling by open walkways, breezeways, patios, decks, etc.
- The maximum floor area of an accessory apartment in a primary dwelling shall not exceed one thousand (1,000) square feet or thirty-five percent (35%) of the living area of the primary dwelling, excluding garages, breezeways, etc., whichever is less. The maximum floor area of an accessory apartment in an accessory building shall not exceed fifty percent (50%) of the floor area of the accessory building.
- One (1) parking space shall be required in addition to the required parking for the primary dwelling.
- A commercial accessory apartment may be located either above or attached to the rear of a commercial unit. In no case shall an accessory apartment be allowed in an accessory structure.
- The maximum floor area of an accessory apartment located to the rear of a commercial unit shall not exceed thirty-five percent (35%) of the entire unit and shall not exceed fifty (50) percent of the entire unit if it is located above a commercial unit.
- Parking for the apartment must be located to the rear or side of the commercial unit. Each apartment must be provided one and one-half (1.5) parking spaces in addition to what is required for the commercial use.
- The entry to the apartment shall be located on the side or rear of the commercial unit, and the building design shall maintain its commercial character and appearance.
- No accessory apartment shall be attached to a commercial unit by open walkways, breezeways, patios or decks.
A permit is required before beginning any of the following work:
- Constructing, enlarging, altering, repairing, or demolishing a building or structure including decks, porches, lean-tos, etc.
- Changing the use of a building when the new use requires a greater degree of structural strength, fire protection, exit facilities, ventilation or sanitary provisions
- Installing or altering any equipment which is regulated by the building code
- Removing or disturbing any asbestos containing materials during demolition, alteration, renovation of or additions to buildings or structures
- Having a pre-manufactured shed or garage, over 256 square feet, delivered or constructed on site.
- Adding or replacement of a deck
- Finishing an unfinished attic, basement or a room over garage
- Installation of any swimming pool that is either in-ground or above (when more than 24 inches deep)
- Replacement or installation of water and/or sewer lines
- Installation of new electrical equipment or wiring
- Installation of gas fired appliances such as water heaters, stoves or fireplace log sets
Generally, a permit is not required when the work is of a minor nature or constitutes general repairs such as:
- Replacing plumbing fixtures when alterations are not necessary to the supply or drainage piping
- Replacement of electrical fixtures when no new wiring or circuits are necessary
- Replacement of cabinets and counter tops
- Pouring concrete patios or driveways at grade level (This requires a zoning permit however)
- Replacement of roofing materials on a single family dwelling
- Permit fees are based on the square footage of the building or structure for new construction.
- Electrical permit fees are determined by the service size in amperage.
- Mechanical permit fees are determined by valuation.
- Plumbing permits are determined by the number of fixtures to be installed.