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February 2015

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WORLD FENCE NEWS • FEBRUARY 2015 • 61 Fence ordinances from around the country As part of an ongoing and long-standing series, World Fence News offers this snapshot of building ordinances which affect fence instal- lations from municipalities across the United States and Canada, including those in historic districts, which often have their own requirements. This in- formation was taken from official web sites, but you should always consult the appropriate building departments where you plan to work for specific re- quirements. Brigham City, Utah • Is a permit required from the city to build a fence and if so what do I submit? All residential fences over three feet and commercial fences over six feet high require a permit. A permit may be obtained through the Com- munity Development Department at no charge for residential fences. This may be obtained by the property own- er or the licensed contractor who is constructing the fence. A simple plot plan should be submitted showing the area of the yard to be fenced and the heights of the fence material. • What restrictions are placed on the fence and locations? The fence must be located on your property (special allowances are made for the front yard fences on city property). • Fencing guideline for corner lot and interior lot. What is a clear view triangle? This is an area at intersections (streets and driveways) that must re- main unobstructed for a height of three feet to seven feet above the ground. • Property lines. You are responsible to verify property lines and ensure that the fence does not encroach onto city or other private property without proper consent. Property lines fronting on the street vary throughout the city. The sidewalk is not a reliable indication of your property line. Also, please be aware of clear view triangles and that your neigh- bor's driveway can affect the height and location of your fence. Maryville, Tennessee Owners of single-family and two-family properties that are not located in a historic district may con- struct a fence without a permit or re- view; however, the following regula- tions must be followed: • A fence that is taller than 6 feet in height, measured from the ground to the top of the structure, must meet the minimum setback requirements for accessory structures. • Any fence erected in the front yard shall be no closer than 5 feet from the street right-of-way. Excep- tion: Chain link or fence of similar type may extend to the street right-of- way when determined by the city en- gineer that no sight distance problems or safety hazards exist. • It is the responsibility of the property owner to determine the exact location of property lines. • Fences should be free of barbs, spikes, razor wire, electrical wire and similar safety hazards. Fences in the historic districts Property owners in the historic districts must prepare an application and receive approval by the City of Maryville Historic Zoning Commis- sion before installing a fence. Fence regulations applicable to commercial and industrial zones Multi-family residential develop- ments having three or more units as well as other commercial and indus- trial properties must comply with the appropriate fence regulations. Property owners developing com- mercial property adjacent to residen- tial uses may be required to install a landscape screen which may include a fence. Regulations pertaining to vegeta- tion adjacent to roadways No vegetation (bushes, trees, etc.) or fence is allowed which prevents persons driving vehicles on public streets or alleys from obtaining a clear view. Village of Ontonagon, Michigan For the purpose of this ordinance, certain terms are herewith defined as follows: • Adjacent grade Adjacent grade shall be construed as the average grade measured at a point three feet on each side of the fence. In the case of a fence on a re- taining wall, adjacent grade shall be the grade of the top of the wall. • Fence Any permanent partition, struc- ture, or gate erected as a dividing marker, barrier, or enclosure, includ- ing hedges or living bushes or shrubs, encircling either wholly or any portion of any area. • Height continued on next page

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