Question about building a new house

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Hello everyone. When building a new home my town requires the dwelling have 40 feet in front 40 in the back and 15 on each side. 

My question is, there is a 40 foot easement going through the property on the south side, Diagram here Does the house need to sit 40 feet from the black property line? Or 40 feet from the red easement line?

The driveway itself is not actually 40 feet wide, more like 10 feet wide.

Appreciate any input. I will of course ask a local engineer to confirm. I am just curious what you guys think they will say.

Best bet is check with building dept. in your area. I would assume 15' on the one side and right up to the easement on the other. My educated guess, but check with building dept. Also keep in mind that if your roof has a overhang on that side,that marks your "building line" not your foundation.

40' from the property line BUT you also can I build/ be within the easement either. Setbacks are always from the property lines. Easements allow the use of your land for a certain purpose which means you cannot build within the easement. If that doesn't make sense feel free to sende a PM

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