NOTE: LOT SPECIFIC SOILS REPORTS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL NEW SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING AND COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITS.
Code and Design Criteria
The Riverton City Building Department enforces the building codes as adopted by the state of Utah
which currently is the 2015 ICC code cycle, 2017 NEC electrical code, and Utah state ammendments.
- Seismic Zone: D2
- Ground Snow Load: 43 PSF
- Roof Snow Load: 30 PSF
- Wind Design Exposure Category: C, 115 MPH Gust
On April 2, 2019, the Riverton City Council updated language to the Riverton City Code, clarifying current adopted versions of the International Building Codes. The amended language is as follows:
15.10.010 Adoption of International Building Code.
(1) The most recent version of the International Building Code(s) adopted by the state of Utah, including building, residential, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, administrative, energy, conservation, fuel, gas, and existing buildings code, and any adopted appendices are hereby adopted as the building code of the city. Adoption of updated versions by the state of Utah after the date of this chapter will have the effect of updating Riverton City’s building code(s).
(2) Pursuant to Section 10-3-711, Utah Code Annotated 1953, upon passage of the ordinance codified in this section, a copy of the current building code shall be placed on file at the city for the use and examination of the public during regular business hours
15.10.020 Conformance with other ordinances.
Any construction, alteration or improvement of any building or structure within the city shall also comply with other relevant city ordinances and regulations, including, but not limited to, subdivision, zoning, and standards and specifications provisions. The provisions of this title are intended to be interpreted and administered in conformance with such other ordinances, rules and regulations, and whenever a conflict exists between any of these provisions, the more restrictive standard or provision shall prevail.
How Close Can I Build to My Property Line?
The distance between a structure and the property line is called the "setback". There are several factors that determine how close to a property line a home, garage, or other structure can be placed. In single-family residential zones of the City, setbacks to the side property line for a home are 8 and 10 feet, with the 10 foot setback on the garage side of the home. The front and rear setbacks for a home vary depending on the zoning of the property, but typically are 25 feet in the front, and 25 feet in the rear. For accessory buildings such as garages or sheds, the setbacks are five feet to the side and rear, and 10 feet of separation from the main structure. Barns or agricultural buildings must be a minimum of 40 feet from any structure. Please contact the Planning Department for detailed information on the required setbacks for each individual zone.
In Riverton City, setbacks are measured from the foundation of the structure to the property line.
On many lots, a public utility easement (PUE) has been reserved on some or all of the property lines to facilitate installation and maintenance of public utilities such as gas and electric lines. If a public utility easement exists on a property line, no structure can be built within that easement without a release from all of the utility companies, regardless of Riverton City’s setback allowances.
If you have any questions regarding property line setbacks, or regarding public utility easements, please feel free to contact the Planning Department at (801) 208-3138.