Code Compliance

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Code Compliance is open 8AM - 4PM Mon-Thurs and 9:15AM - 4PM Fridays.

703-324-1300
TTY 711

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 the street lines of a lot and a line drawn between the points established in accordance with the following: For a lot having an interior angle of 90 degrees or more at the street corner, points are made 30 feet from the property lines extended. For a lot having an interior angle of less than 90 degrees at the street corner, points are made 30 feet from property lines extended, plus one foot for every ten degrees or fraction by which such angle is less than 90 degrees. Additional information is available in the Sight Distance Obstructions on Corner Lots flyer.

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 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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