Danville, CA asked in Land Use & Zoning for California

Q: roof overhang property line california accessory structure

My neighbor installed an accessory structure very close to the back property line. The gutter-less roof overhang will cause a lot of rain to fall on to my yard. Is there a code requirement that will address this? Thank you

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In California, there are building codes and zoning regulations that govern the construction of accessory structures, including their placement and size in relation to property lines. The specific requirements may vary depending on the city or county where the property is located.

Regarding the roof overhang, California building codes require that the roof drainage system of a building, including gutters and downspouts, must be designed and installed in a way that prevents water from causing damage to adjacent properties. This means that any water that falls from the roof of your neighbor's accessory structure should be properly directed away from your property.

If you believe that your neighbor's structure is not in compliance with the building codes or zoning regulations, you can contact your local building department or code enforcement office to file a complaint. They will investigate the matter and determine whether any violations have occurred.

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