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A. Front Yard Setback is defined as the required distance from the back of sidewalk line to the primary building façade as shown in Figure 12.64.207 Front Yard Setback.

Front Yard Setback regulations assume the implementation of street improvements as specified in city actions. Along streets with approved street reconfiguration plans, Front Yard Setback distances shall be measured based on either 1) the back of sidewalk location following street reconfiguration, or 2) approved city plans for street reconfiguration that re-locate the back of sidewalk.

B. Front Yard setback areas must be landscaped according to the principles set forth in BMC 12.64.300 Street, Surface Water Management and Open Space Regulations except where exceptions are noted within the Private Frontage Requirements for a particular Frontage Type or in BMC 12.64.100 District Requirements. Entrance porticos, porches, stoops, and stairs are permitted to encroach within the required front yard setback as shown in the frontage type illustrations. Encroachments may extend up to a maximum of six feet into the private frontage.

C. At zero-setback areas, building overhangs such as trellises, canopies and awnings may extend horizontally into the public frontage up to a maximum of six feet and balconies and bay windows may extend up to a maximum of two feet. These overhangs must provide a minimum of eight feet clear height above sidewalk grade.

Fig. 12.64.207. Front Yard Setback