Areas/Settlements to which standards are applicable:
Central Roseau, Newtown, Loubiere, Pointe Michel, Soufriere, Scotts Head, Massacre, Mahaut, Layou, St. Joseph, Mero, Salisbury, Coulibistrie, Dublanc, Bioche, Central Portsmouth and Lagoon.
- The minimum distance to be maintained between a proposed building/extension and the front boundary of the lot to which such building relates shall be determined by the existing building line of permanent structures along such street/road.
- The distance between a proposed building or extension and the side boundary of lot to which it relates shall not be less than 2'-8" for lots with frontage of 40 feet or less; and 3'-0" for lots with frontage of more than 40 feet.
- The distance between a proposed building/extension and the back boundary of the lot to which it relates shall not be less than:
- 5'6" in the case of single and two floor single and two family residential or residential/commercial buildings;
- 7'-6" in the case of multi-family one and two storey residential or residential/commercial buildings, and three or more storey residential or residential/commercial buildings;
- 4'-0" in the case of one and two storey ‘commercial buildings";
- 6'-0" in the case of three or more storey ‘commercial buildings';
- The Committee may, after considering the opinion/comments of the adjoining property owner(s) permit a building/extension to be erected less than 2'-8" from only one of the side boundaries of the lot to which it relates.
- At least one side boundary setback space which shall not be less than 2'-8" wide at any point shall be left free of obstruction through-out.
- Only a step or part of the roof structure shall be permitted on or over the space around a building. In the case of side boundary spaces, such steps shall be permitted on one side only; one such roof overhang (eave) shall not exceed 15" and 36" on the sides and back boundary spaces respectively;
- All setback shall be measured along straight lines which are perpendicular to the exterior wall of the proposed building/extension;
Recommendations are based on the fact that in the majority of cases the size of the lots in the said built-up areas are much smaller than those obtained in the approved subdivisions. Consequently, the current setbacks for sub-division planning cannot be enforced/adopted in those areas.
For more information, contact:
Physical Planning Division
Commonwealth of Dominica
Telephone: (767) 266-3751
Fax: (767) 448-4807