How do I determine where my property lines are?

A property line is invisible. A street curb or sidewalk edge are usually not the true location of a residential property line. Measuring half the distance of the known right-of-way width of a street from the centerline of that street towards your house can provide the approximate position of your front property line, provided the street is centered within its right-of-way. A so-called "property line fence" is usually very close to the true location of a side or rear property line. Call the Public Works Department at 650-259-2339 to find out the right-of-way width of your street. However, the best way to accurately determine property lines is to hire a licensed surveyor to locate existing benchmark points and measure the boundaries of your property based upon the legal description contained in the official deed.

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1. What determines how large of an addition I can build on my house?
2. What is "lot coverage", what is "floor area ratio", and what is the difference?
3. What is the difference between "gross" and "net" lot area?
4. How do I find out what size my lot is?
5. How do I determine the slope on my lot?
6. What is a building setback?
7. How do I determine where my property lines are?
8. How long does it take to get a permit for an addition to my house?
9. How large of a deck can I have?
10. How high of a fence can I have?
11. What is a Use Permit and why would I need one?
12. What is a Variance and how do I get one?
13. What is the process for Planning Commission review of my project?
14. When will the Planning Commission meet on my project?
15. What are the chances that the Planning Commission will approve my project?
16. What happens after the Planning Commission approves my project?
17. What happens if the Planning Commission denies my project?
18. How do I appeal a decision I don’t agree with?
19. Can the City recommend a good architect for my project?
20. What is the parcel number for the property at _____?
21. What is the zoning for the property at _____?
22. What are the development regulations for the _____ Zone?
23. How many parking spaces are required for a _____?