Planning & Zoning

Planning & Zoning FAQs

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 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.