Code Compliance

Fairfax County, Virginia

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703-324-1300
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12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 1016
Fairfax, VA 22035

Jack W. Weyant, P.E.,
Director

Sight Distance on Corner Lots

Definition

Sight Distance Flyer
Sight Distance Flyer

On corner lots at the intersection of two public streets, a sight distance triangle is formed by measuring at least 30 feet from the point of intersection along the lot lines that abut the public streets and connecting the resulting points to form a sight distance triangle on the area of the lot adjacent to the street intersection. Sometimes, depending on the angle formed by the street lines, a distance greater than 30 feet must be measured from the point of intersection to create the sight distance triangle points. Additional information is available in the sight distance flyer. No parking, wall, fence, sign, structure or any plant growth other than grasses shall be placed or maintained within the sight distance triangle so as not to impede vision across it.

Fences

Fences in a front yard on a corner lot are allowed a maximum height of 48” except in the sight distance triangle, where a maximum fence height of 42” is allowed.

Signs

In a front yard on a corner lot, residential or commercial, all signs must be located outside of the sight distance triangle.

Vegetation

Vegetation in a front yard on a corner lot may consist of grasses or vegetation up to a maximum height of 42 inches (3 ½ feet). Vegetation in the site distance triangle between 3 ½ feet and 10 feet above grade cannot include any branches or leaves (foliage) but can contain a tree trunk that does not exceed 1 foot in diameter.

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