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What are Layton City's Residential Landscaping Requirements?

Article Published 04/15/2015

Title 19 of the City Ordinance addresses this question:

19.13.050(f) Landscaping on residential lots shall comply with the following:

  1. Landscaping shall be installed in front yards between the front line of the house and the sidewalk on the entire width of the lot excluding the driveway.  On corner lots, landscaping shall be installed in all areas between the sidewalk and the side of the house between the front property line and the rear property line which are visible from the public right-of-way.
  2. Landscaping shall include at least one (1) tree and a combination of lawn, shrubs, or ground cover.  Ground cover may include vegetative vines, low-spreading shrubs, or annual or perennial flowering or foliage plants.  Ground cover may also include mineral or nonliving organic permeable material or nonliving organic permeable material in not more than fifty percent (50%) of the net landscaped area.  Mineral ground cover may include such materials as rocks, boulders, gravel, or brick over sand. Species, size, and placement of landscape elements shall be determined by the homeowner.

Ultimately, 50% of the front yard must be green (lawn,shrubs or ground cover).  The other 50% could be mineral ground cover (rocks, gravel, etc.).  The entire backyard could be permeable mineral ground cover.

To further review Title 19, here is the web link:

http://www.laytoncity.org/public/Depts/Legal/MunicipalCode.aspx?title=19&link=2

You still will want to review any Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R’s), as there may be requirements above and beyond what is mentioned in City Ordinance. CC&R's are limits and rules placed on a group of homes by a builder, developer, neighborhood association or Home Owners Association (HOA).

Regarding policy changes, obviously those always have the potential of occurring, but typically there is grandfathering clause and most policy changes only effect new development/modifications moving forward. If for some reason the CC&R’s require more green space, it may be worthwhile to discuss with your HOA, etc. about modifications.

For additional questions, contact Kem Weaver, Planner, Community & Economic Development 801.336.3780.