Setbacks Could Mean Setbacks
Setback requirements are key. Setbacks are how far back from your lot lines your proposed structure needs to be. Varies town to town, state to state, just ask your Buidling Dept. If you don't have your minimum setbacks you may have to apply for a variance or special permit and that takes a minimum of a couple months extra time. In my town it's 15 ft on the sides, 50ft in the back and in the front it's a formula: Have to measure how far my side neighbors are from the street, take the average of the two, and I have to be at or behind that distance. The way to know for sure is hire a surveyor, but I'm short on cash so I'm hoping a meeting with the building inspector will iron things out when he looks at town records.