Q. Is a building permit required for a fence?
A. A fence over 6 feet in height is deemed a structure under the Zoning Ordinance. A building permit is required for a structure. This would include a fence if the top horizontal element is more than 6 feet above the grade on either side of the fence.
Q. What are the requirements for getting a building permit for a fence?
A. Fences are considered accessory structures and the standard permit application is used.
Q. Must I put the finished side of a fence facing my neighbors?
A. No. For a regular perimeter fence the exterior facing is a matter of individual choice. However, a fence around a swimming pool is more strictly regulated, including no footholds on the outside.
Q. Where may I put a fence on my property?
A. A fence may be built around an entire lot. The location of the fence in relation to the property line is the sole responsibility of the property owner.
Also, Section 198-74 of the Town Code details guidelines for limiting visual obstructions on corner lots for fences and vegetation as well.
Q. Will the Town determine my lot line for a fence?
A. No. It is up to the owner to hire a licensed surveyor to mark out property lines. If a surveyor is not hired, it is good practice to not try to fence the exact lot line, in the case an error is made the fence might have to be removed.
Q. How and where can a fence go on commercial property?
A. The same rules apply. See the Code for specifications where fences are REQUIRED for contractors' yards, lumberyards, junkyards, etc. (Search under "fence")
Q. How high can a fence be?
A. Six feet except for lumberyards and junkyards, where the fence is set back at least 15 feet
Q. How high must a fence for a swimming pool be?
A. At least 48" for all pools, above and in-ground.