Fencing Permits and Regulations To Know
Homeowners often are surprised to learn just how regulated the building of a fence on residential property can be. In most jurisdictions throughout the U.S., there are written regulations on the proper procedure a homeowner must follow when installing a fence as well as mandates on where on the property a fence can and can’t be built and the height of a fence.
If you’ve been considering adding a new wood, chain link, aluminum, vinyl or ornamental fence to your property, here are a few things for you to keep in mind.
Always check with your local planning/permitting department
It can be costly to go out and erect a new fence that appears to be similar to some other fences in your neighborhood. Just because others have put up this kind of fence doesn’t mean your city or county planning or permitting departments will approve it and allow it to remain in place.
Usually, these departments won’t take any action against a fence that violates regulations until a complaint is made. When that happens, it can be a complex and expensive problem for the homeowner.
This is why you always want to clear the project with the proper authorities before breaking ground.
When you consult with your local government entity that oversees fence installations, you’ll get answers to some very important questions including:
- Do you need a permit to build a fence?
- How close to the property boundary line can the fence be placed?
- How tall can the fence be on different parts of your property? (Backyard fences typically are approved for up to six feet; fences in the front yard may only be approved for three feet)
- Depending on your location, are there any specific zoning laws you must comply with?
- During what time of day is it lawful to have fence construction going on at your property?
- What about buried power or water lines that could be disrupted during the installation of the fence?
While it may seem like a hassle getting fully permitted and approved, your city or county agents are there to help you and want you to build a fence that will satisfy everyone and bring you years of enjoyment.
Don’t forget your homeowner’s association
Homeowner’s associations (HOAs) can be more difficult to work with than city or county offices. HOAs often have strict regulations on fence height, color, materials, placement and more.
If you live in a gated or other private community managed by an HOA, speak with a representative right after talking with the local government people.
Consult with a licensed local fencing contractor
Even if you plan to build the fence yourself, you may want to consult with a local fencing contractor who is experienced in constructing fences in your area and working with local permitting and building departments.
The contractor can advise you on many elements of fence regulations and, if you use this professional to build your fence, he or she likely can handle much of the “groundwork” with governing bodies for you.
The bottom line on fencing regulations
When planning for a new fence, the bottom line is: make sure you follow all the protocols and do everything right so you won’t re-do everything when you find out it was wrong.
A Perfect 10 Fencing of Brooksville, FL, can help with any fence installation project you have in mind. We know the local zoning and permitting laws and can build an amazing “perfect 10” fence that will serve you well for many years. Speak with a licensed fencing expert today at (352) 606-2623.