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Accessory Dwellings:

  • The Lot must be a Lot of Record or a legally created Lot and must be one (1) acre in area or greater.
  • No more than one (1) principal dwelling unit and one (1) Accessory Dwelling Shall be permitted on any Lot of Record, or legally created Lot. Prior to the date a Building Permit is issued for an Accessory Dwelling or prior to the use of an existing Structure as an Accessory Dwelling, the Owner Shall execute and the County Manager or designee Shall record in the public records of Lake County, Florida, at the Owner's expense, a legal document that requires the principal dwelling and the Accessory Dwelling to remain in the same ownership.
  • An Accessory Dwellings may be attached to a principal dwelling, an apartment unit within the principal dwelling, or a stand-alone building.
  • An Accessory Dwelling unit Shall not exceed one thousand two hundred (1,200) square feet or forty (40) percent of the air conditioned, enclosed living area of the principal dwelling (excludes garages, patios, porches and the like), whichever is greater.
  • The Accessory Dwelling Shall be located and designed not to interfere with the appearance of the principal dwelling as a one-family Dwelling Unit.
  • An Accessory Dwelling units must meet the setback requirements of the principal dwelling.
  • The principal dwelling unit and the accessory dwelling unit shall share a common driveway if access to the accessory dwelling unit is from the same right-of-way or easement.
  • Impact fees Shall be paid on an Accessory dwelling units as if it was a separate dwelling.

Accessory Dwelling Unit in the Wekiva River Protection:

  • No more than one (1) Accessory Apartment Shall be Permitted on any residential Lot.
  • Accessory Apartments may be attached to a principal or Accessory Structure or be freestanding.
  • An Accessory Apartment Shall not exceed 800 square feet of principal Structure (under roof), or twenty-five (25) percent of the gross square footage of the principal Structure which ever is less.
  • The Accessory Apartment Shall be located and designed not to interfere with the appearance of the principal Structure as a one-family Dwelling Unit.
  • In no case Shall the guest or servant quarters be constructed prior to the principle Dwelling Unit.


Accessory Structures used in conjunction with a residential dwelling unit may be allowed on a Lot, provided that the following requirements are met. This section does not apply to nonresidential farm structures used for agricultural purposes on a bona-fide farm.

  • There Shall be a lawful dwelling unit on the Lot;
  • An Accessory Structure(s) Shall comply with applicable standards and Codes, unless exempted or superseded elsewhere in these Regulations;
  • An Accessory Structure(s) Shall not be located in a required Buffer area, Landscape Buffer, wetland buffers or minimum Building Setback area;
  • For lots less than one (1) acre in size, the square footage of an Accessory Structure(s) shall not exceed eighty (80) percent of the main floor square footage of the enclosed living area of the dwelling unit, which excludes features such as garages, patios, and porches. If there is more than one (1) Accessory Structure, the combined square footage shall apply;
  • An Accessory Structure(s) shall not exceed the height of the dwelling unit or twenty-five (25) feet, whichever is greater.
  • Accessory structures that are buildings shall be located in side and rear yards, unless:
    • The accessory building is the same architectural style and the exterior walls and roof are the same material and color as the principal dwelling unit; or
    • The accessory building is the type typically found in the front yard, such as gazebos, well coverings, or mailbox enclosures. Such building shall be no greater than one hundred (100) square feet or of the minimum size and height to accomplish the use, whichever is less; or
    • The accessory building is located a minimum of one hundred (100) feet from the front property line.
  • Vehicles, Manufactured Housing and Mobile Homes, Shall not be used as storage Buildings, utility Buildings, or other such uses.

Converting a carport to a screen/glass room:

A Zoning Permit is required; Environmental Health approval is required for a glass room is required if property is serviced by a septic tank. To install glass windows 50 percent or more of the ceiling height of the room must be 7 feet or higher. Only vinyl or acrylic windows may be installed if the ceiling height is under 7 feet or less than 50 percent. A building permit is required.


A property tax record or recorded warranty deed, Zoning Permit and one copy of the site plan are needed. For decks 30 inches in height and under, the drawings do NOT need to be engineered. For decks more than 30 inches in height, three sets of sealed engineered drawings (two sets can be an identical copy of the sealed set of plans) are required.


The property owner needs to be sure not to block the visibility of a corner and to be certain of the property lines. A permit and engineered drawings are needed for any size masonry wall and if a wooden or chain link fence is more than 6 feet high.

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