Most homeowners choose to have fences installed around their homes as a means of security and make the boundaries of their property and their neighbor’s clear. Unfortunately, you can’t install a fence just because you feel like it. In fact, some counties and cities have specific laws on whether or not you can install a fence in the first place. Naturally, there are also some places where the residential zoning laws for fences are very specific.

In this post, roofing company DryTech Roofing LLC discusses the residential zoning laws for fences that you have to keep in mind when getting one installed.


Height laws are one of the zoning ordinances that homeowners must follow, especially when it comes to the maximum height. In some places, a fence must be no more than 3 feet in height at the front yard and 6 feet at the side and rear areas. If you’re building a fence within the regulated height range, then you won’t need a permit. However, if you plan to go over that, then a permit will be required.


Some places makes it clear on what material your fence should be made of in order to create harmony between the properties. Wod and metal fences are usually allowed in all communities but electric fences are banned in most community areas. Therefore, if you plan to have a fence installed any time soon, make sure to carefully consider what material you’ll be using.


Fences in poor condition might violate other zoning ordinances, especially if it’s so poorly maintained it becomes an eyesore or a hazard. Violations like these can result in fines and you can even be held accountable for a fence that your neighbor is responsible for. With that in mind, always make sure to keep up with your fence’s maintenance with the help of roofing and fencing pros, DryTech Roofing Company.


On the other hand, some zoning ordinances limit where you can install the fence. Such laws usually make it a violation to build your fence in the front yard while some ordinances only refer to chain-link fences. Installing your fence too close to sidewalks and roads can also violate some of these zoning ordinances.


In some places, fences are required on certain properties. For instance, solid fences made from masonry bricks or concrete, will have to be built around junkyards or parking lots and tennis courts. These fences usually have to be at least 6 feet in height to comply with the zoning law.

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