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A new fence can add value, privacy and security to your home. It is an investment that can pay back rewards, however, the first thing to consider is fence placement. A good fence company can help you determine fence placement and height, zoning requirements and style.
Most areas and especially suburban areas have zoning requirements with restrictions on placement. Just about every jurisdiction has laws about how far back a fence needs to be set on your property. It could be anywhere from 0 inches to a foot or more from your property line depending on the height of the intended fence. And, if you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners’ association (HOA); it could be different. An HOA could potentially dictate specific styles, color, height and placement.
Most local zoning laws specify that fences should be no higher than 4 feet in the front and six feet in the back. If you have a special need for an extra high or private fence due to noisy street or undesirable view, you can apply for a variance when it comes to zoning. Corner lots may have different restrictions due to obstructing views.
Know your property lines when considering fence placement
Most people want to place a fence as close to the property line as possible. They don’t want to have to maintain a part of the landscape that falls outside the fence. The first step is to know your property lines. You may need to get a survey or you may have one from when you purchased your property. Either way, you want to be certain you don’t infringe on someone else’s property with your fence.
Do you need a permit?
In Anne Arundel county, a building permit is required for a fence if the fence is located on a waterfront lot, corner lot or the fence is greater than six feet in height. In Baltimore county, a permit is required for fences over 42 inches high (measured vertical to ground, even if the fence is placed on top of a wall). It is best to contact your local zoning department for your specific zoning requirements.
If you are installing a fence because of a pool, you will want a fence that is at least 48 inches or higher. If you own dogs, it is advisable to go higher than you think you will need, especially if the dog is an athletic breed and could potentially jump over the fence. So, even if it is a puppy now – consider the future.
At All Around Fence Company, we assist you in the best fence placement, height and style for your individual needs and budget. Just give us a call or request a free, in-home estimate.