Borough of Riverdale, NJ
Morris County
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A. 
Attachment to principal buildings. Any accessory building attached to a principal building shall be considered part of the principal building, and the total structure shall adhere to the yard requirements for the principal building regardless of the technique of connecting the principal and accessory buildings.
B. 
Construction prior to principal building. No building permit shall be issued for construction of any accessory building or structure prior to the issuance of a building permit for the construction of the main building. If the accessory building precedes or does not coincide with the construction of the principal building, the Building Inspector shall revoke the building permit for the accessory building until construction of the main building has proceeded substantially toward completion.
C. 
Location. An accessory building or structure may be erected in side and rear yard areas only and shall be set back from side and rear lot lines as prescribed in the individual district regulations, except that if erected on a corner lot, the accessory building shall be set back from the side street to comply with the setback line applying to the principal building for that side street.
D. 
A maximum of two accessory buildings or structures and two private storage sheds as regulated in § 168-32 shall be permitted. No more than one detached garage shall be permitted per residential lot. Playsets, gym and swing sets and similar structures shall be included in the number of allowable accessory structures. Swimming pools are not to be included in the total number of allowable accessory structures. The total of all accessory structures shall not exceed the lot coverage as provided for in Schedule D.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Said schedule is included as an attachment to this chapter.
A. 
No private swimming pool shall be constructed or installed on any lot unless the lot contains a residence building. Pools shall be located in the rear yard areas only and shall in no case be located closer than 10 feet to any lot line.
B. 
A swimming pool shall occupy no more than 50% of the available rear yard area in which it is located.
C. 
A private residential swimming pool area must be surrounded by a suitable fence with a self-latching device at least 54 inches high, self-closing, opening-out gate at least four feet, but no more than six feet, in height, and said fence shall not require a minimum setback from any lot line.
D. 
No private residential hot tub or spa or man-made body of water, either fixed or portable, shall be constructed or installed on any lot unless the lot contains a residential dwelling. Exterior hot tubs shall be permitted within the rear yard only and shall not be located closer than 10 feet to the property line.
E. 
There shall be no physical connection which will permit pool water to enter the potable water supply line.
F. 
Abandoned pool and unused private residential swimming pools situated on premises which are not occupied or dwelt in for a period exceeding 60 days shall be drained or equipped with a swimming pool cover.
G. 
All private swimming pools of the portable type hereafter constructed or installed shall have the entire surface area closed over by a cover when not in use or shall comply with the fencing requirement. Such cover shall be constructed of a material of sufficient strength to support 100 pounds at any one point. All covers shall be constructed so as to reasonably prevent access to the pool by any person other than the owner, members of the household and guests.
H. 
Where an above-ground pool structure is used as a barrier or where the barrier is mounted on top of the pool structure, and the means of access is a ladder or steps, the ladder or steps shall be surrounded by a barrier which meets the requirements of § 168-31C.
I. 
Decks connected to above-ground pool to have a forty-eight-inch complying barrier and stair access to have a complying barrier and gate at the bottom of stairs or yard to have a complying fence protecting both the pool and deck.
J. 
Pool filtering and heating systems to be minimum three feet away from pool as to not be used to gain access to pool or pool yard to have a complying fence.
K. 
Fences protecting pools to be entirely on owner's property in which pool is located. Cannot use neighbor's fence to protect pool.
L. 
No pool shall be emptied so as to cause a nuisance or discomfort to adjoining property owners.
A. 
No private residential storage shed shall be constructed or installed on any lot unless the lot contains a residential building. Storage sheds shall be located in rear yard areas only and shall meet the setback distances for accessory buildings as specified for each particular zoning district.
B. 
Storage sheds shall meet the maximum lot coverage for accessory buildings as specified for each particular zoning district in Schedule D[1] and no individual storage shed shall exceed an area of 200 square feet. Any structure used as a storage shed greater than 200 square feet shall require a permanent foundation and require site plan approval by the Board. Any such storage shed shall have a sloping roof and shall be designed so as to be compatible with the residential surroundings.
[1]
Editor's Note: Said schedule is included as an attachment to this chapter.
C. 
Storage sheds shall be firmly anchored to the ground to insure stability. All sheds having an area of 100 square feet or more shall be placed on a concrete slab approved by the Construction Department.
D. 
No residential uses shall contain more than two storage sheds on any one lot.
A. 
Within all one- and two-family residential zones, decks and platforms, whether freestanding or attached to a building, when located in a rear or side yard, shall meet the following yard setback requirements:
(1) 
The setbacks for decks and platforms may be reduced by 25% from the requirements in Schedule D.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Said schedule is included as an attachment to this chapter.
B. 
Within all multifamily residential and nonresidential zones, decks and platforms, whether freestanding or attached to a building, shall meet the side and rear yard setback requirements for the particular zone.
C. 
Decks and platforms, whether freestanding or attached to a building, are prohibited within the front yard and side yards.
D. 
Porches, as defined herein, are permitted within the front yard but must meet the front yard setback requirements for principal buildings in that zone; provided, however, they are attached to principal building by a common wall.
On any lot in any district, no wall or fence shall be erected or altered so that said wall or fence shall be over four feet in height in front yard areas except where otherwise restricted in a sight triangle easement pursuant to § 168-26, and six feet in height in side and rear yard areas, except that:
A. 
Dog runs shall be located in rear yard areas only and shall be set back from any lot line at least 10 feet.
B. 
A private residential swimming pool area must be surrounded by fence at least four feet, but no more than six feet, in height. Swimming pool areas shall be located in rear yard areas only and said fence shall not require a minimum setback from any lot line.
C. 
A tennis court area, located in rear yard areas only, may be surrounded by a fence a maximum of 15 feet in height, said fence to be set back from any lot line a minimum of 20 feet.
D. 
Where fences are located within 10 feet of a driveway or street intersection, they shall not exceed three feet for a distance of 15 feet beginning from the street property line.
E. 
Any fence shall have the front, or "finished" side of the fence facing the adjoining property line and/or street right-of-way. All structural supporting mechanisms of the fence structure shall face the interior of the subject lot.
F. 
In any residential or mixed-used district, fences within a required front yard shall consist of no more than 50% solid material and shall be equally distributed throughout the entire length of the fence.
G. 
All solid and semi-solid fences shall be of a substantial wood, composite, vinyl, iron or aluminum construction and be structurally sound and able to withstand wind and weather. Solid and semi-solid fences shall be of stock, basket weave, picket or shadow board design. No fence shall be erected or contain barbed wire, topped with spikes, or constructed of any material or in any manner which may create dangers to public health and safety.
H. 
Chain link fences (minimum eleven-gauge) are permitted within the side and rear yards only.
I. 
No fence shall be constructed of materials or combination of materials which are likely to collapse under a person or animal of 100 pounds or less.
J. 
All fences, including supporting posts or structures, must be located on the inside of the property line.
K. 
Hedgerows, or similar vegetation planted for purposes of creating a full or partial barrier, shall not exceed four feet in height where located within 15 feet of the street right-of-way, nor three feet in height where such plantings are located within a designated sight easement/triangle or within 25 feet of a street intersection.
L. 
For purpose of applying height limits, multiple, staggered or tiered walls, and/or wall/fence combinations shall be considered single units unless the minimum horizontal distance between the top of any section or tier shall be 10 feet.
M. 
The following fences and fencing materials are specifically prohibited: barbed or razor wire, cloth, short, pointed fences less than 48 inches in height; canvas; electrically charged; poultry fences; turkey wire; temporary, such as snow fences, unless on construction sites; expandable or collapsible fences, except during construction of a building.
N. 
No fence shall be multicolored.
O. 
All entrances or gates shall open onto the property.
Firewood stacks must be kept in rear yard areas only and meet the minimum setback and bulk requirements for an accessory structure.
A. 
The keeping of animals shall be permitted in all residential districts as an accessory use. The keeping of animals in other districts shall require a conditional use permit by the Planning Board.
B. 
The following standards shall regulate the keeping of animals:
Animals
Minimum Lot Size
(acres)
Number Permitted Per Acre or Per Residence
Required Housing Space Per Animal
(square feet)
Dog or cat
No requirement
2 per residence
No requirement
Horse and pony
1
1 per acre
80
Cattle
3
1 per acre
100
Sheep
1
1 per first acre
16
3 per second acre
5 per third or more acre
Goats
1
1 per first acre
16
3 per second acre
5 per third or more acre
Swine
3
1 per acre
64
Poultry
1
3 per acre
16
C. 
The keeping of any animal not listed above is prohibited.
D. 
Any area for the keeping of animals shall be located at least 100 feet from a neighboring dwelling and at least 50 feet from the dwelling on the lot.
E. 
Any outdoor area for keeping animals shall be located at least 50 feet from residential structures and at least 25 feet from side and rear lot lines. No stable or outdoor area for the keeping of animals shall be located closer to the street line than the required front yard. All corral and stable areas must be at least 50 feet from any stream, well or water body or watercourse.
F. 
All animals on the property shall be owned by and for the sole and exclusive use of the residents of the lot upon which they are located.
G. 
The keeping of one kind of animal shall preclude the keeping of other animals and counting the same lot area twice.
H. 
The following maintenance standards shall be enforced by the Zoning Officer in consultation with the Health Department, and failure to abide by them shall result in revocation by the Borough of permission to keep animals:
(1) 
Manure must be collected daily and stored in flyproof containers to be removed at least once per week.
(2) 
Stables must be cleaned daily with periodic treatment for flies and insect larvae. The area must be kept dry to exclude breeding areas.
(3) 
Building, stables and feed rooms must be rodent-proofed.
(4) 
Facilities must be kept in good repair and properly ventilated.
(5) 
Adequate water facilities must be provided for drinking, cleaning and fire protection.
(6) 
The use must be maintained so as not to become a source of odor or noise pollution.