If your land is designated for 7 storeys, you may construct up to 7 stories, reaching a height of 90 feet. Any more floors than this and you will need special permission from your local government body.
The tallest building in New York City is 1 World Trade Center at 401 feet (122 meters). The Petronium Towers in Manchester are both 730 feet (223 meters) high.
The tallest building in the UK is The Shard, which at 272 feet (83 m) is taller than London's previous record holder, The Gherkin. It is also the tallest building in Europe.
The second highest occupied building in the world is not a skyscraper but rather a hotel: Hotel Okura Tokyo has 30 floors plus a 33rd floor above ground level. It stands at 78 meters (256 feet) tall.
The third highest occupied building in the world is another hotel: Hotel President Wilson has 28 floors plus a 29th floor above ground level. Its height is 73 meters (240 feet).
The fourth highest occupied building in the world is The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet: This temple/monastery complex is five stories high; its roof is flat like that of a house.
According to Lucy Kempf of the National Capital Planning Commission, Congress revised the rule in 1910, creating a new and current height limitation that limits commercial structures to 130 feet, or around 11 storeys. This limit applies to all buildings, including churches, museums, and government offices.
There is one exception to this rule: The White House is exempt from maximum height restrictions because it is a national monument. The White House's full official name is "The President George Bush National Memorial Library and Museum". It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., in Washington, D.C.
The White House was built between 1835 and 1842 by Henry Francis du Pont, with assistance from his brother William Harrison "Harry" DuPont and other architects. It replaced what was then considered to be a very old house on the site (built before 1789). The new White House was praised for its beauty and elegance when it was completed. In 2001, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.
It has been the home of every U.S. president since John Quincy Adams, with the exception of Arthur Van Deman Schuyler who served as minister to France but never entered the mansion because he died before leaving Europe.
In San Francisco, zoning restrictions normally limit construction heights to no more than 40 feet (often 4 to 6 stories). However, special permits may be required for buildings over 30 feet tall. In addition, height limitations may not apply to certain types of buildings such as schools or hospitals.
San Francisco's architecture is a mix of historic styles including Victorian, Mission, and Modern. Some famous landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and Coit Tower. The city and its surroundings contain many parks and beaches where you can go surfing, hiking, or biking.
The San Francisco Bay Area has a rich ethnic diversity with over 250 languages being spoken by residents. It is known for having some of the most expensive real estate in the country. A typical house in the Silicon Valley area costs $1 million or more.
Of all the cities on California's coast, San Francisco has the most expensive apartments. One square foot of an apartment in the Central District can cost up to $3000. You can find cheaper places in Oakland but it's a 15-minute train ride to San Francisco's financial district.
San Francisco has the highest rate of homelessness in the country.