Zoning Dictionary

Category: Building/Structure Related Terms

Accessory Building

A detached building located on the same lot as an existing building, the use of which is incidental or secondary to that of the main building and which is not used for human habitation and includes a private garage or implement shed. A building which is an adjunct or accompaniment to the main building. A […]

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Aerial

An antenna extending into the air.

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Air Rights

An estate, interest, easement or any legal right in or over land which grants or conveys the right to allow development to occur in the airspace over the land. The ownership or control of all land, property, and that area of...

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Alter

Used in reference to a building or part thereof, shall mean to change any one or more of the external dimensions of such building, or to change the type of construction of the exterior walls or roof thereof. When used in reference to a lot, the word “alter” shall mean to change the area frontage, […]

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Alteration

Any change or rearrangement in the supporting members of an existing building, such as bearing walls, columns, beams, girders or interior partitions, as well as any change in doors or windows, or any enlargement to or diminution of a building or structure, whether horizontally or vertically, or the moving of a building or structure from […]

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Alteration (historic Structure)

Any act or process that changes one or more of the exterior architectural features of a structure, including but not limited to, the erection, construction, reconstruction, or removal of any feature of the structure.

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Alteration, Structural

Any change or repair which would affect or materially change a supporting member of a building, such as bearing wall, column, or girder. A change or modification to an existing building, structure or use which unless otherwise provided for herein, does not increase the exterior dimensions with respect to the height and area. The construction […]

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Alterations, Incidental

Changes or replacements in the non-structural parts of a building or structure, including but not limited to the following: an addition on the exterior of a building, such as an open porch; alteration of interior partitions in all types of buildings; or replacement of, or changes in, the capacity of utility pipes, ducts or conduits.

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Ancillary Structure

An essential structural component or an ancillary feature necessary for the functioning of a building such as an elevator housing, mechanical penthouse or chimney but excluding a sign, flag pole, communication equipment or other similar structure.

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Antenna

Any system of wires, poles, rods, reflecting discs or similar devices used for the transmission or reception of electromagnetic waves external to or attached to the exterior of any building. Equipment designed to transmit or receive electronic signals. A metallic, graphite or fiberglass device for transmitting and receiving electromagnetic waves.

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