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n. Law
The area considered legally part of a house or dwelling by virtue of its enclosure by a fence or habitual use in domestic activities.

[Middle English, from Old French courtillage, from courtil, diminutive of cort, court; see court.]


(Human Geography) the enclosed area of land adjacent to a dwelling house
[C14: from Old French cortillage, from cortil a little yard, from cort court]


(ˈkɜr tl ɪdʒ)

n. Law.
the land occupied by a dwelling and its yard, outbuildings, etc., actually enclosed or considered as enclosed.
[1250–1300; Middle English courtelage < Anglo-French; Old French cortillage=cortil yard]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.curtilage - the enclosed land around a house or other building; "it was a small house with almost no yard"
backyard - the grounds in back of a house
dooryard - a yard outside the front or rear door of a house
front yard - the yard in front of a house; between the house and the street
garden - a yard or lawn adjoining a house
playground - yard consisting of an outdoor area for children's play
side yard - the grounds at either side of a house
field - a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed; "he planted a field of wheat"
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Grayling Property Unit Trust: change of use of open space to industrial curtilage and paladin fencing and relocation of existing palisade fence at 2 Kirkshaws Road, Kirkshaws, Coatbridge.
the scope of works will include storm and foul water drainage and attenuation, watermains, public lighting, and other underground utility service ducting including works to the curtilage of residential units of phase 1.
But Virginia Senate Bill 30 would undo the ruling by creating an exception to Virginia DWI laws for persons driving or operating a motor vehicle on his own residential property or the curtilage thereof.
The bill would add an exception to Virginia DWI laws for persons driving or operating a motor vehicle on his own residential property or the curtilage thereof.
He was also found in the curtilage of Asda, Phoenix Retail Park, on July 6 in circumstances that could reasonably be inferred that he intended to commit theft.
J Clegg, outline application for construction of three dwellings (within the curtilage of a listed building), Middle Burn Farm, Burn Road, Birchencliffe.
Lianne Yvonne Michael You will need to apply for planning permission if you wish to erect or add to a fence, wall or gate and: it would be over one metre high and next to a highway used by vehicles (or the footpath of such a highway); or over two metres high elsewhere; or your right to put up or alter fences, walls and gates is removed by an article 4 direction or a planning condition; or your house is a listed building or in the curtilage of a listed building; the fence, wall or gate, or any other boundary involved, forms a boundary with a neighbouring listed building or its curtilage.
Although the barn itself was not listed, the planning committee stressed that the barn is still "in the curtilage of the listed property" and as such must be conserved.
Dublin City Council, the Health Service Executive (HSE) Mid-Leinster wish to apply for planning permission for development at the Meath Community Nursing Unit, at The Former Meath Hospital Campus, Heytesbury Street, Dublin 8, within the curtilage of a Protected Structure (RPS ref.
A planning statement supporting the application said: "The site in an underused, previously developed, site which lies in the curtilage of the Kingsmills public house.
These responsibilities should be extended to cover front and rear gardens by also making it a legal requirement of landlords to clear away detritus left within the curtilage.
The vacant detached twostorey lodge within Clarke Gardens in Woolton is a curtilage listed building within the grounds of the Grade II* Allerton Hall.