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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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Berry hill quarry has been developed for housing and over time some of the quarry faces have partially eroded resulting in some significant land slippages in close proximity to the curtilages of dwellings at the base of the quarry face.
A glance at the site outlined on the internet by Horizon, shows it extends right up to the curtilages of the Village or to residents' gardens and back doors.
I am concerned as well at the lack of amenity trees and shrubs on new estates, and with no enforceable provision to prevent individual curtilages being covered entirely by solid surfaces.
As a matter of federal constitutional law, most courts have limited the application of the curtilage principles to homes and do not recognize commercial curtilages.
2) This article explores the limits of the protection afforded the curtilage.
Services comprise removal and replacement of existing roof coverings, flashings and associated roof accessories together with renewal/replacement or maintenance of specific elements of external works items including paving, fencing, railings, masonry walls and drainage to ensure properties and surrounding curtilages are brought into line with current regulations/standards.