Sherwood Forest Citizens' Association
Sherwood Forest Subdivision is a "Non-Solicitation" Subdivision
P.O. Box 45142
Baton Rouge, LA 70895-4142
(225) 273-1353

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Unified Development Code


I found the UDC on signs posted on the Office of the Planning Commission and it seems that there may be a 8 sq ft restriction on the recognized residential areas. Read and interpret as you are able (sometimes this challenges me) or give them a call at 225 389-3144 or email at planning@brgov.com. Attached are two documents I found on their site on signs and the restrictions on them (see page 16-14). Hopefully this will help you in the future on any sign restriction issue.

Unified Development Code Online
UDC Code 16.1 on SIGNS
The MUNICODE is all of the Baton Rouge ordinances and herre it is searchable...Other cities in LA

Zoning and Restrictions
Sherwood Forest is largely zoned A1 except for parts of a few filings. Visit the Baton Rouge Government - Online Maps Web Page to search for your address and get zoning, yard requirements, land use data by clicking the Details link. If you have a question about zoning restrictions, we may be able to help. Give us a call at 273-1353 or send e-mails to sfcaweb@cox.net.

This summary of zoning regulations, subdivision restrictions, and selected ordinances of interest to Sherwood Forest residents is presented for general guidance only. Sherwood Forest has been developed through over 30 filings, each with its own set of restrictions. The information below is typical for all filings, but is not specific to any particular filing and is not a complete list of restrictions for any one filing. For accurate and complete information, refer to restrictions for the filing of interest. Check our list of deed restrictions to see if one of them is yours.


DISTRICTS ZONED A1 Refer to the Municipal Code (searchable)

Permitted Uses:
  • Single family dwellings
  • Most public buildings such as schools and police and fire stations
  • Hospitals, child care centers, and country clubs (with restrictions)
Permitted Accessory Uses:
  • Private garages housing not more than four vehicles
  • Home Occupation: an occupation, profession, or activity carried on by a resident of a dwelling unit that is incidental and accessory to the primary use of the property for residential purposes meeting the following conditions:
    • No signs shall be used
    • Nothing shall be done to make the building appear in any way as anything but a dwelling
    • No business such as a shop or store shall be conducted upon the premises
    • No one shall be employed from outside the resident family; and
    • Mechanical equipment used shall be only that normally used in, or found in a single family dwelling
  • Vegetable and flower gardens
  • Keeping of domestic animals, but not on a commercial basis or on a scale objectionable to neighbors
  • Swimming pools, tennis courts, garden houses and similar facilities customarily accessory to residences
Lot and Construction Restrictions:
  • Maximum building height 2 1/2 stories or thirty five feet
  • Minimum yards of 25 ft front, 8 ft side, and 25 ft rear
  • Minimum building setback distances of 55 ft to 125 ft, depending on type of street

CITY-PARISH ORDINANCES

  • PETS: All dogs and cats must be registered and vaccinated by licensed veterinarian. All dogs and cats shall be kept at all times from running at large. Owners shall be held responsible for the behavior of dogs and cats deemed a nuisance. See EBR Parish Animal Control.

  • PARKING: Single family residences require a minimum of two off-street parking spaces. All parking areas must be surfaced with permanent dust free paving. Refer to the Municipal Code, Title 11, Chapter 28 "Parking" for details regarding all parking regulations.
    • Parking is not allowed on the grass in a yard between the residence and the street.
    • Parking of wreckers, buses, trucks, semitrailers and watercraft is prohibited.
    • Overnight on-street parking is regulated in residential areas.
    • Vehicles cannot be driven or parked on neutral grounds, parks, or public ways.
    • All vehicles visible from the street must be operable and currently licensed.
      • Parking is not allowed on the grass in a yard between the residence and the street.
      • Parking of wreckers, buses, trucks, semitrailers and watercraft is prohibited.
      • Overnight on-street parking is regulated in residential areas.
      • Vehicles cannot be driven or parked on neutral grounds, parks, or public ways.
        • Sec. 11:415. Stopping, standing or parking prohibited; general rules.
        • Sec. 11:416. Parking on neutral ground, parks, rights-of-way, sidewalks and other public and private places prohibited.
        • Sec. 11:423. Time limitation on parking on any street.
        • Sec. 11:428. Parking of wreckers, buses, trucks and semitrailers prohibited.
        • Sec. 11:428.1. Parking of motor homes on residential streets prohibited.
        • Sec. 11:435. Parking of watercraft on street or street right-of-way prohibited.

  • SIGNS: Signs are prohibited on public property or public right-of-way. Such signs are considered "litter" and may be removed by any person and disposed of immediately

  • TREES & SHRUBBERY: Visibility cannot be impaired, e.g. by trees or shrubbery, at intersections and driveways within a sight triangle of:
    • 30 ft x 30 ft at 4-way stop intersections
    • 45 ft x 15 ft at 2-way stop intersections (longer distance along thru street)
    • 30 ft x 15 ft at driveways (longer distance along street)

  • GARAGE SALES: Single family dwellings are allowed no more than 3 garage sales or similar activities per year

SUBDIVISION RESTRICTIONS

  • Only one single family dwelling shall be built on each lot.
  • Minimum square footage are specified for 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom single story dwellings and for the ground floor of two story dwellings; usually in the range of 1200 to1500 sq. ft.
  • A detached garage is permitted; usually for a maximum of 3 cars. Front setback is specified; most often 30 ft.
  • Side setback is specified; usually 8 ft or 10 ft.
  • No fence shall be erected beyond the front building setback of the lot. Easements for installation and maintenance of utilities apply
  • No structure of a temporary character, trailer, basement, tent, shack, barn, garage or other outbuilding shall be used on any lot at any time as a residence either temporarily or permanently
  • No animals shall be kept except as usual domestic pets