What Homeowners Need To Know Fencing Regulations

18 July 2023
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A fence is a great way to enhance your home's security, privacy, and aesthetics. However, it's crucial to know that there are permits and regulations associated with installing a new fence. Here are some of the important considerations you'll run into regarding the laws and rules of a new fence installation.

HOA Rules

Do you currently live in an HOA, and need to follow rules about the appearance of your home? You may be surprised to learn that there are restrictions related to the type of fence you can install. There may be limits on the material you can use, the color of the fence, the height, and even the color. The purpose of an HOA is to maintain high home values, so it makes sense that you could not just install any type of fence you want. Follow the local regulations to ensure that you don't have to remove the fence later on.

Height Restrictions

Even if you do not live in an HOA, it's possible that there are height restrictions that you need to follow. In addition, those restrictions can be different around your entire yard. You may be allowed to build a very tall fence along the back of the lot that faces an ally, but need a shorter fence for the sides that touch your neighbor's property. The front yard may have an even shorter fence restriction where it is more for decorative purposes than security or privacy. 

Property Line Requirements

Are you allowed to build a fence right along your property line? Local regulations may have setback requirements that state how much space must be between the fence and the edge of your property. This is to protect you and your neighbors so that a neighbor doesn't build a fence that can cause problems with your property. For example, your home may be built along the property line, and you don't want a neighbor to build a fence a foot away from your windows.

Permit Requirements

Building a fence will typically involve a permit based on where you live. This is because the fence is a permanent structure, and there are potential utility lines where those post holes may be placed. While you may see a permit as something that is unnecessary, the purpose is to protect you as a homeowner. Your local municipality will inspect the work that is being done to ensure it is done correctly. 

For more info, contact a local fence installation contractor