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Old 02-13-2012, 08:15 AM
 
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We are looking to put in a fence in our backyard, but on one side the yard slops down into the neighbors yard. We wanted to put a 2 foot retaining wall (30 feet long) and then put the fence on top. DO WE REALLY NEED A PERMIT FOR IT????
Contractors don't want to do the job if we have to get a permit because it is such a hassle to get the permit, 2 of the contractors said we don't need a permit. Is there a way of getting the permit (if we have to) and do the job ourselves?

HELP PLEASE!
The town is so rude when you try to call. I cant stand it!!!!



Thanks in advance
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Suffolk County
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I would call the town and ask them. I wouldn't give your information to them. Just ask the general question. I reside in TOS and I believe you can put a 2 foot retaining wall without an issue but any higher, you need a permit...and I think they frown upon a fence being placed on it but I could be wrong. That's why it's best to call the town directly and ask them.

I just realized you said the town is rude. Sorry to hear that. I know sometimes you can get someone nice when you call TOS and some others are rude too.

I would think with a 4 foot retaining wall, you would def need a permit but I could be wrong. Hopefully someone who resides in the TOH can answer your question.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:40 AM
 
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Every town has rudeness, sorry to say. I can only bet that you'd need a permit, especially if the wall is going to be visible outside your yard. Also, I know in Smithtown, that for any retaining wall build, for every foot high you build the retaining wall it must be just as far from the property line. In other words, if you built a 4 foot retaining wall, it would need to be 4 feet from the property line.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Northport
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Look it up in your town code:
http://ecode360.com/NO0081?needHash=true

In Town of Huntington, setbacks are dependent on your property zoning, I'm sure its the same for ToNH.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:21 PM
 
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Thank you guys for the input! Such a hassle!!
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