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Old 05-01-2014, 11:48 AM
 
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Hi there,

My wife and I just moved to Collingswood in December. We are looking to put up a fence at some point. We are a corner lot. None of the yard is fenced in, and for a little bit of privacy, we want to fence the backyard and part of the side yard. We want to put up a 6 feet vinyl fence, maybe the kind with some basket weaving pattern on the very top of the fence.

But when I read the Collingswood fencing regulations, it basically says no side fence should exceed four feet. But as I walk through Collingswood, I see corner lots with fences that exceed this limit.
Is there some kind of loop hole with this? Or am I just not reading this correctly?

Code:
"Fences and walls shall not be located in any required sight triangle. No fence or wall shall exceed four feet in height in front of the front yard setback line of the principal structure or six feet in height behind such front yard setback line. Fences in the front yard shall be open in design and be of wood, wrought iron, or simulated wrought iron in construction. No stockade fences, enclosed or solid fences or enclosed or solid walls shall be permitted. No fence shall be erected of barbed wire, topped with spikes nor constructed of any material that may be dangerous to persons or animals. On lots with frontage on two or more streets, including corner lots, no fence or wall shall exceed four feet in height in front of the front yard or side yard setback line of the principal structure. Lots with frontage on two or more streets, including corner lots, shall be considered to have two front yards."

Thank you!
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:37 PM
 
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Here's the contact for Zoning and Planning Zoning and Planning | Collingswood, New Jersey

I'd give a call and get the information directly from the borough.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:31 AM
 
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When I looked at a few houses in Collingswood I asked my realtor about this same issue. She told me that some fences predate the zoning ordinance and are grandfathered in, some are up in violation of the zoning ordinance, and others are there after the owners obtained a variance. She said getting a variance could be difficult, but some people are able to get one.

The other alternative is putting up a compliant fence, and then planting bushes behind the fence and letting them grow into a wall of greenery. The bushes can be as tall as you want to let them grow.
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:29 AM
 
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Apply for permit (with required property layout drawing) and see what they say.
You'll probably be told it needs to go to a zoning hearing.
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