How To Measure Building Height

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The Town of Chapel Hill has maximum height limits for residential construction, as defined in Section 3.8 of the Land Use Management Ordinance. Please click here to access the dimensional standards.

Maximum Setback Height is defined as the maximum allowable heights at the perimeter setback line of a zoning lot, as defined by the minimum street, interior, and solar setbacks. 

Height of a Structure Diagram

(1) Height shall be measured from mean finished grade, along the street facade of the building. Where a structure fronts more than one street, height shall be measured from the lower, more restrictive mean finished grade.

(2) To determine mean finished grade, take the spot elevations from the highest and lowest points of the foundation. The average of these two spot elevations is the mean finished grade and the elevation from which height measurements are made.


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