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(1) All accessory uses, buildings, and structures must be customarily incidental and subordinate in use to the principal building or use of the lot upon which they are located.

(2) Where there is a question regarding the inclusion or exclusion of a particular accessory use or structure within any zone classification, the zoning administrator shall have the authority to make the final determination. The determination shall be based upon the general standards of this section and on an analysis of the compatibility of the use or structure with the predominant surrounding land use pattern and with the permitted principal uses of the zone classification.

(3) The following structures are customarily considered accessory structures:

(a) Carports or garages for the sole use of occupants of premises and their guests, attached or detached, for storage of motor vehicles, boats, and/or recreational vehicles.

(b) Greenhouses, private and noncommercial.

(c) Storage buildings for yard maintenance equipment and household goods.

(4) Accessory uses and structures, other than fences and retaining walls, are prohibited from being located on a lot prior to a legal principal use.

(5) Accessory structures are permitted in compliance with the use and bulk regulations and performance standards of this chapter; provided, that:

(a) In the R-1, R-2, and R-3 zones the size and appearance of an accessory building or structure shall meet the following specifications:

(i) An exterior wall shall not exceed 16 feet in height.

(ii) The overall building or structure shall not exceed 26 feet in height, except 30 feet may be permitted in the R-1 zone.

(iii) The exterior finish material must be visually similar to the exterior finish of the primary structure. The intent is for them to look similar, but not necessarily identical.

(iv) Accessory structures are subject to size limitations in the current building codes adopted by the city.

(v) The roof pitch of the accessory building(s) must meet current industry standards.

(b) The location of accessory buildings or structures shall comply with the front, rear and side yard setbacks and lot coverage requirements (see ECMC 18.45.020 Table 2) and shall generally be located in the rear yard of the lot and shall not project beyond the front line of the main dwelling.

(c) No accessory structure shall be constructed on or over right-of-way or on or over an easement.

(d) An accessory structure shall not remain, and must be removed, if the primary structure is removed, destroyed, or otherwise eliminated to which the accessory structure was subordinate. The accessory structure may remain provided a building permit structure was subordinate. The accessory structure may remain, provided a building permit is obtained and restoration has begun within two years from the date of destruction.

(6) The accessory building shall be at least five feet from the primary building on the lot. Separation between accessory buildings shall be as regulated by the building code adopted by Electric City.

(7) Accessory Dwelling Units. Accessory dwelling units are permitted subject to the district use chart, ECMC 18.40.070, and requirements of Table 2, ECMC 18.45.020, and ECMC 18.40.022. (Ord. 592 § 2, 2022; Ord. 555 § 2, 2019; Ord. 511 § 1, 2016; Ord. 495 § 1, 2015; Ord. 442 § 1, 2011; Ord. 416 § 1, 2009)