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Old 04-17-2014, 04:58 AM
 
Location: NW Philly Burbs
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Thank you for your help. So weird....a permit for a fence...
Not at all! Permits are required for most alterations to your property, esp. where you might be building close to property line (like adding a shed). It's also to ensure that neighborhoods don't turn into fortresses, with everyone putting up 12-foot high walls/fences.

Head on over to Roxborough -- I loved that many of the row houses all had their little front yards fenced in -- all different styles of fencing and gates.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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lols...but I WANT my property to be a fortress! I'd have 12 ft high walls in a heartbeat if I could. Also considering a moat with alligators ( kidding )
but seriously I really really value my privacy and security if what you all say about only being able to have really short fences at the front of my property is true I wont be able to move there. there is no way i will have a fence anyone is able to easily jump over.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:06 AM
 
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lols...but I WANT my property to be a fortress! I'd have 12 ft high walls in a heartbeat if I could. Also considering a moat with alligators ( kidding )
but seriously I really really value my privacy and security if what you all say about only being able to have really short fences at the front of my property is true I wont be able to move there. there is no way i will have a fence anyone is able to easily jump over.
In most towns, the general rule about 3 foot max (sometimes limited to 50% coverage) in the front yard and 6 foot max in the back yard. to have something higher than that, i would think that you would have to own a larger piece of property that has a different zoning. nobody wants their neighbor to put up a 12 foot wall in front of their house.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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here in los angeles i have 10ft walls surrounding my property. makes me happy no one can see in and i can walk around stark naked if i want to.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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lols...but I WANT my property to be a fortress! I'd have 12 ft high walls in a heartbeat if I could. Also considering a moat with alligators ( kidding )
but seriously I really really value my privacy and security if what you all say about only being able to have really short fences at the front of my property is true I wont be able to move there. there is no way i will have a fence anyone is able to easily jump over.

If you want to surround your house by a fortress, you need a wall. Fence won't do that. You put up anything higher than the 6'-8' standard fencing, it is a new set of building code. Standard 4"x4" post isn't going to cut it for high barrier.

If you want privacy and security, get a lot of land.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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here in los angeles i have 10ft walls surrounding my property. makes me happy no one can see in and i can walk around stark naked if i want to.
You have a wall, not a fence.

Just an FYI.. this is Los Angeles code for fence. Not much different than what you are told here for Philadelphia

http://lafind.lacity.org/search?q=ca...ess=p&oe=UTF-8
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:24 PM
 
Location: NW Philly Burbs
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here in los angeles i have 10ft walls surrounding my property. makes me happy no one can see in and i can walk around stark naked if i want to.
Nekkid in your own yard? Don't think that happens here on the East coast -- too chilly!

Best you can hope for is a wall of arborvitae, but that takes patience.
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Old 04-24-2014, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Hmm, i suppose i was using wall and fence inter changeably. I actually meant a wall. I did not realize there are differing regulations for a wall and a fence. I intend to buy property between 1 and 2 acres and intended to put up a large surrounding wall. Sigh, now I have to figure out regulations for a wall
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