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The Casper Aquifer is the source of over half of the City’s municipal water supply. Due to its critical function, the City is dedicated to protecting the quality and quantity of these water reserves. In order to achieve these goals, the City has created an Aquifer Protection Overlay Zone which adds supplemental restrictions to zoning areas. These restrictions can be viewed in section 15.08.040.A of the Laramie Municipal Code. Generally, this zone restricts some uses and requires a “Site Specific Investigation” for most development in the zone.
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You can determine your zone district through the City’s interactive map. Under the layer list which can be found on the left side of the page or by clicking the green button at the bottom of the page, there is a Zoning layer tab under Informational layers. Click this tab and then use the search bar in the top left corner or zoom into the map to locate the property.
Many of Laramie’s subdivision plats can be found in the City’s interactive map. By selecting the Lots/Subdivisions/Plats layer of the interactive map and clicking on the property, plat information will be displayed. An attachment in a .jpg format of the plat will also be available. If no attachment is present, the City does not have any record of the property being platted. The Albany County Clerk’s office also has these records for inspection.
The Gateway Overlay is intended to enhance the image of Laramie by increasing the visual appearance of development as viewed from important routes entering the City. As such additional development standards are enforced in addition to standard zoning regulations, such as extra landscaping, larger setbacks and higher quality building material single-family residential structures are not affected by the gateway Overlay Zone. Regulation can be found in section 15.08.040.D of the Laramie Municipal Code.
Setback requirement can be found in section 15.12.010.B of the Laramie Municipal Code. Setbacks are determined by the zoning district your property resides in. Using Tables 15.12.-2 and 15.12-3, one can use their zoning districts (left most column) and dimensional references (top row) to determine whether a building’s setbacks are code compliant. Setbacks are determined on an individual building bases and must follow setback and dimensional requirements regardless of building’s principal or auxiliary status.
It is also important to note that corner lots, double-frontage properties, and some overlay districts have additional setback guidelines. Double-frontage and Corner lots requirements can be found in section 15.12.010.B.1.e and 15.12.010.B.1.f of the municipal code. Overlay Zone setback requirements are outlined in table 15.12-5 of section 15.12.000.
Depending on property zoning, lot dimensions, and one’s ability to adhere to setback requirements and other development requirements determines one’s ability to construct ADUs on a property. This information can be found in the Table of Dimensional Standards in section 15.12.000 of the Laramie Municipal Code.
Fencing and wall requirements can be found in section 15.14.100 of the Laramie Municipal Code. Fencing materials are regulated in accordance with property zoning, overlay districts and street frontage. For single-family, duplexes and townhomes, fences may not be higher than 4’ in the front yard, and 6’ in rear and side yard area per 15.14.100.B. Any fence is over 7’ on a property requires a building permit. For additional information refer to Informational Bulletin #22.
As per section 15.10.030.E of Laramie’s Unified Development Code, placement on property is regulated in accordance with zoning area restrictions.
Information on mobile vending can be found in section 5.82 of Laramie’s Municipal Code. Permitting requirements can be found at https://app.mygov.us/lr/citizen/request_license_1.php?citiesID=847&modulesID=2&license_typesID=61
Signage regulation can be found in section 15.14.120 of the Laramie’s Municipal Code. All sign plans must be submitted to the City of Laramie’s Building Administration Department in order to determine design compliance.
Provided the provisions in section 6.06.030 of Laramie’s Municipal Code are followed, backyard chickens are permitted within city limits. Additional information regarding all animals within city limits are located in chapter 6.06 of Laramie’s Municipal Code.
The City’s code enforcement division is responsible for investigating and enforcing ordinances pertaining to offensive growth, trash, junk, and snow removal on private property. More information regarding such issues can be found on the Code Enforcement Division’s section of the City’s web page.