Township of Bernards Engineering Department

 

CALCULATING LOT COVERAGE

 

 

Definition from Bernards Township Land Development Ordinance:

 

COVERAGE

Shall mean the portion of a site, expressed as a percentage of the lot area, covered by impervious materials. Parking areas, regardless of the materials used for construction, shall be deemed to be covered by impervious material.

 

 

Lot coverage must be calculated for existing conditions and proposed conditions.  The following items must be included in all lot coverage calculations, except for properties in the PUD-5 zone:

 

  • building footprint, including cantilevers and overhangs
  • driveways/parking areas, including all surface types (asphalt, pavers, concrete, gravel etc.) 
  • accessory structures
  • walkways/ patios/recreational courts, including all surface types (asphalt, concrete, pavers, flagstone etc.)
  • above-ground and in ground swimming pools (surface area of pool and surrounding patio)
  • covered porches, covered decks (note: open decks with no walls or roofs are not included)
  • any other impervious surfaces on the lot

 

 

 

Call the Zoning Officer, Nancy Koederitz, with any questions: (908) 204-2507