Planning & Zoning

Planning & Zoning FAQs


What can I put in my park strip?
What do I need to do to start a home based business?
 
What is required to build an accessory building on my property?
Am I allowed to have chickens on my property?
What are Riverton City’s driveway requirements?
How do I determine where my property boundaries are? 

How do I  divide my lot / move my lot line / change zoning on my property? 


What can I put in my park strip?
The Riverton City Council, recognizing the need for more water-conscious landscaping in the City, recently updated City ordinances regarding park strip landscaping. The park strip is the area between the sidewalk and the curb, and while that area is part of the public right-of-way, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to landscape and maintain that area. The updated ordinance allows for the use of rock cobble in the park strip, but also allows for hard surface materials such as concrete. The updated text reads as follows:

Park Strip Landscaping. The area of the street right-of-way between the curb line, or the proposed curb lines as established by the city street standard, and the property line (park strip) shall be kept free of weeds and maintained by the abutting property owner and be landscaped with sod, shrubs, trees, ground cover, bark mulch, and decorative rock cobble. Materials which minimize water use are encouraged. Hard surfacing may be installed with an approved encroachment permit issued by the public works department. Hard surfacing, and all other materials, must comply with any and all applicable Riverton City ordinances, standards, and specifications, and may not include asphalt. Hard surfacing in a park strip may be limited or prohibited in certain areas to protect existing utilities and utility easements.

Please feel free to contact the Planning Department if you have any questions about the ordinance, or about available options for improving your park strip. The Planning Department can be reached at (801) 208-3138, via email at sboska@rivertoncity.com, or during our office hours at City Hall.


What do I need to do to start a home-based business?

Riverton City’s zoning ordinances do allow certain types of home based businesses. In situations where the home will be used mainly as an office or base for the business, and there will be no customers coming to home or sales conducted out of the home, staff can issue a business license directly as what is called a Simple Home Occupation. Where the business will involve sales or work being conducted out of the home, or where customers or students will be coming to the home, a Conditional Use Permit for a Home Occupation is required before a Business License can be issued. The application packet for this permit can be found here: 

What is required to build an accessory building on my property?
Sheds below 120 square feet in size do not require a building permit, and may be placed within 1 foot of property line. Buildings over that size require a building permit, and the exterior of the building must use materials that are present on the home. Accessory buildings may not include a kitchen or living space, and accessory apartments are not allowed. The Accessory Building ordinance includes information on these requirements, and may be reviewed here. 

Am I allowed to have chickens on my property?
Currently in Riverton City, chickens are classified as farm animals, and are only allowed on property that is at least ½ acre in size and zoned either RR-22 or R-1 (see the Zoning Map here ).

What are Riverton City’s driveway requirements?
Riverton City Ordinances allow a maximum driveway width of 35 feet, measured at edge of asphalt. A second driveway may be allowed, with a minimum of 25 feet between driveways, and must be approved by staff. A Right-of-Way Encroachment Permit is required for driveway construction.

How do I determine where my property boundaries are?
Property corners are typically marked by the builder during construction with metal rods or other markers, but those markers may not remain in place. Only a licensed surveyor can mark property corners and lines accurately. While Riverton City staff can provide information on the size and dimension of properties within the City, we do not provide surveying services.

How do I  divide my lot / move my lot line / change zoning on my property? Riverton City staff are available to help answer your questions regarding property, zoning, and other issues, and can provide assistance with application processing and other development related questions.