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Requirements for Awnings Over Public Property

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The Building Code sets forth the requirements for vertical clearances as well as the amount horizontally that an awning can extend over public property. In a nutshell the building code parameters are:

  • Vertical: All portions of an awning shall be at least 8 feet above any walkway
  • Horizontal: Awnings may extend over public walkway no more than 7 feet from the face of a supporting building, but no portion of the awning shall extend nearer than 2 feet to the face of the nearest curb line measured horizontally. In no case shall the awning extend over public property greater than two thirds of the distance from the property line to the nearest curb in front of the building site.

Building and Safety Division must approve the awning, since there are issues with the method of anchoring the awning to the building façade.

After an applicant gets all their clearances from Planning and Building and Safety, they must get an Encroachment Permit from the Department of Public Works for the installation of the awning within the public right of way.