top of page

Road buffer zones outside built-up areas: art. 26 Presidential Decree 495/1992

The Highway Code (D.P.R. 495/1992, including the amendments of the D.P.R. 610/1996) defines the road buffer zones to be taken into consideration when planning interventions closed to the roads.

First of all, the general classification of the types of roads according to the current art. 2 paragraph 2 of the Highway Code (September 2018 version) are as follows:

Classification of road types.

Roads are classified, with regard to their constructional, technical, and functional characteristics, into the following types:

A – Highways;

B – Main suburban roads;

C – Secondary extra-urban roads;

D – Urban traffic roads;

E – Neighborhood urban roads;

F – Local roads;

F-bis Cycle/pedestrian itineraries.

Outside built-up areas, as delimited pursuant to article 4 of the code, the distances from the road border, to be respected in new buildings, in reconstructions resulting from complete demolitions, or in extensions facing the roads, cannot be less than:

60 m for type A roads;

40m for type B roads;

30m for C-type roads;

20 m for type F roads, with the exception of "local roads" as defined by article 3, paragraph 1, no. 52 of the code;

10 m for type F "local roads".

Outside the built-up areas, as delimited pursuant to article 4 of the code, but within the areas envisaged as building or transformable by the general urban planning instrument, in the event that said instrument is susceptible of direct implementation, or if for these areas there are already the implementation urban planning instruments, the distances from the road border, to be respected in new buildings, in the reconstructions following complete demolitions or in the extensions facing the roads, cannot be less than:

30 m for type A roads;

20m for type B roads;

10m for C-type roads.

bottom of page