Emergency Generators

Permitting Process

The installation of an emergency or standby generator requires an over-the-counter Building Permit. 

Please submit a site plan of your property showing the proposed location (with property line setbacks), trench lines, and trees. A copy of the generator’s specifications sheet is also required. The permit fee is $216.56. Please note that equipment pads for generators and trenching for utility connections should be kept outside the canopies of protected trees

Noise Standards

Pursuant to Section 7-30.030 of the City Code, the use of an emergency generator is exempt from the City’s noise standards. 

Property Line Setbacks

Emergency or standby generators are not allowed in any required front, side, or rear setback area. A setback is the minimum distance between the structure and any lot line. Setbacks vary depending on your property’s zone district

Zone DistrictInterior Lot SetbacksCorner Lot Setbacks
R-1-10,000
  • Front: 25'
  • Sides: 10'
  • Rear: 25'
  • Front: 25'
  • Interior Side: 10' / Street Side: 25'
  • Rear:10'
R-1-12,500
  • Front: 25'
  • Sides: 10'
  • Rear: 25'
  • Front: 25'
  • Interior Side: 10' / Street Side: 25'
  • Rear: 10'
R-1-15,000
  • Front: 25'
  • Sides: 12'
  • Rear: 30'
  • Front: 25'
  • Interior Side: 12' / Street Side: 25'
  • Rear: 12'
R-1-20,000
  • Front: 30'
  • Sides: 15'
  • Rear: 35'
  • Front: 30'
  • Interior Side: 15' / Street Side: 25'
  • Rear: 15'
R-1-40,000
  • Front: 30'
  • Sides: 20'
  • Rear: 50'
  • Front: 30'
  • Interior Side: 20' / Street Side: 25'
  • Rear: 20'
Hillside Residential (HR)
  • Front: 30'
  • Sides: 20'
  • Rear: 50'
  • Front: 30'
  • Interior Side: 20' / Street Side: 25'
  • Rear: 50'