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How Close To The Boundary Can I Build A House?

How close to the boundary can i build a house
Written by Chloe Starr

​ Well, this is not a precise question to be answered because it can have many variations.

 But building a house using boundary setback is must because building a house outside the boundary can have various consequences that may not be good for you.

 Every citizen should abide by the rules and regulations of the government regarding boundary setback.

How close to the boundary can I build a house

 Furthermore, keeping a boundary around your house provides a unique look and adds some beauty to your house.

 Being an Indian and living in Bangalore I have seen nice house designs with a boundary around them that provides a really classy look to your house. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoDVKBsTXBw.

 There are various boundary setback conditions that determine how close to the boundary a house can be.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPZtgUQpt8I

 As per the standards within an established area, the front setback is within 20% the average setback of the adjoining buildings or a minimum of 6 meters where the average setback of the adjoining buildings is more than 6 meters.

 Within the newly developing areas, the front setback should be a minimum of 3 meters.

THE SIDE BOUNDARY SETBACK

how close to a boundary can you build a house
  • 1.5m for a wall 4.5m high.
  • 2m for a wall 7.5m high.
  • 2m plus 0.5 for every 3m over 7.5m height for a wall 7.5m high.
  • Less than 1.5m where: The wall is no more than 3.5m high and no more than 15m long. No windows or openings are located within 0.9m of a side boundary with an adjoining property.

MINIMUM REAR SETBACK REQUIREMENTS FOR DWELLING HOUSES BY LOT AREA

how far from the boundary can i build a house
  • ​3m for buildings up to 4.5m height with area 200-900 sqm.
  • ​5m for buildings up to 4.5m height with area 900-1500 sqm.
  • 10m for buildings up to 4.5m height with an area more than 1500 sqm.
  • ​10m for buildings up to 8.5m height with area 200-900 sqm.
  • 12m for buildings up to 8.5m height with area 900-1500 sqm.
  • 15m for buildings up to 8.5m height with an area more than 1500 sqm.

SETBACKS FROM REAR LANES

 Development on lots that have a boundary with a rear lane may include buildings built to the rear lane boundary; however, buildings are limited to a maximum of 50% of the length of that boundary.

SETBACKS FROM PUBLIC SERVERS

 With a public reserve into consideration, the lot must have a boundary setback of 3m. Here are some rules and regulations about boundary rights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPhL0dL46Nc

IN THE CONTEXT OF BOUNDARIES WE NEED TO CONSIDER FOUR KINDS OF A WALL

  • Party wall: I.e. A wall within a building that joins two properties and forms the boundary between them.
  • Boundary wall: Within a garden, so placed as to separate two parcels of land in different ownership.
  • Retaining wall: A wall supporting land that is higher on one side of the wall than it is on the other side, where that retaining wall also serves as a boundary wall.
  • Retaining wall: A wall supporting land that is higher on one side of the wall than it is on the other side, where that retaining wall also serves as a boundary wall.
  • The building faces: A boundary may run along the side (or front or rear) face of a building.

PARTY WALLS

 According to Section 38 of the Law of Property Act 1925 if "a wall or other structure is or is expressed to be made a party wall or structure, that structure shall be and remain severed vertically as between the respective owners, and the owner of each part shall have such rights to support and user over the rest of the structure".

how close to the boundary can i build a house

BOUNDARY WALLS

 “Boundary wall” means a wall (not being part of a building) which stands on lands of different owners and is used or constructed to be used for separating such adjoining lands, but does not include a wall constructed on the land of one owner the artificially formed support of which projects into the land of another owner.

how close to a boundary can you build a house

RETAINING WALLS

 Retaining walls occur where there is a change of ground level between the land on either side of the wall.

 A retaining wall must have greater strength than a normal wall in order to support the weight of the land retained on the higher side of the wall.

 The requirement for this extra strength makes them more expensive to build and more expensive to repair.

how far from the boundary can i build a house

 Problems can arise when a retaining wall is located on a boundary. There are two circumstances to consider:

  • A landowner who owns a retaining wall that supports his neighbor's higher land is subject to an implied (unless it is expressly stated in a deed) easement and owes a duty of support to his neighbor's land
  • A landowner who owns a retaining wall that supports his own land is under a general duty of care to maintain the wall in such a condition that his land is prevented from collapsing onto his neighbor's lower land.

 I hope I provided you with all the credible information you needed regarding boundary setback and boundary rights.

 If you have any queries regarding the same, you can comment in the comment section and I would be glad to help you.

About the author

Chloe Starr

I'm Chloe. Love my house like anyone in my team - and always try my best to improve it ! You can send to me any of your ideas by going to Contact Us.

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