Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

Building Design Standards 5.5 Residential: Detached House, Townhouse and Apartment Building


5.5.1. Applicability The following standards are applicable to all multifamily structures unless otherwise noted. Single family dwellings, duplexes & townhomes subject to regulation under the North Carolina Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings shall be subject to the provisions of 5.5.4.A and 5.5.4.B only (unless located in an area designated as a local historic district, historical district on the National Register of Historic Places, or individually designated as a local, State, or national historic landmark). Voluntary building design standards may be applied to single family dwellings, duplexes & townhome structures upon consent by the owner at the time of Zoning, Master Subdivision, or Master Site Plan approval.

5.5.2. Roofs and Eaves A.

All residential buildings shall have sloped roofs, except that the following may be permitted: 1. Urban Districts: Flat and shed roofs may be used on the main roof, dormers, or above porches


Suburban and Rural Districts: Flat and shed roofs may be used only for dormers or above porches


Main roofs on residential buildings shall have a pitch between 6:12 and 12:12. Monopitch (shed) roofs are allowed only if they are attached to the wall of the main building. No monopitch roof shall have a pitch less than 4:12. Flush eaves shall be finished by profiled molding or gutters.


D. All rooftop equipment (except small items such as fans and vents) shall be screened from view from the public right-of-way within the block. E. For multifamily and residential care facilities, variation in roof form and heights shall be incorporated. 5.5.3. Building Entrances A. Porches: Useable porches and stoops are

recommended to form a predominant motif of the building design and be located on the front and/or side of the building to respond to the climatic conditions and the vernacular of the area. Front porches, if provided, shall be at least 4 feet in average depth. Raised Entries: To provide privacy, all residential entrances within 18 feet of the sidewalk paralleling the front property line shall be raised above the average finished grade of the sidewalk a minimum of 1½ feet.



Visibility/Accessibility: For residential buildings in developments designed for residents aged 55 and older, there shall be provided 1 zero-step entrance to each building from an accessible path at the front, side, or rear of each building. This does not eliminate the requirements for residential buildings to have raised front entrances unless topographic conditions present no practical alternative.

Town of Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance – July 19, 2022


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