Planning & Zoning Did You Know?


Did you know that if a new fence is installed, there are guidelines found in the adopted ordinance that should be followed? When an applicant applies for a Fence Permit, the Planning and Zoning Administration goes over these rules. Here are some of the basics:


RESIDENTIAL FENCE AND WALL STANDARDS. These standards are applicable to the SF, SF1, SF2, SF3, TR, MF, MH, CB, and NB Zoning Districts:


  1. Height Requirements. Fences and walls shall not exceed six (6) feet in height in any side or rear yard or 3.5 feet (42 inches) in height in any front yard.


  1. Front yard fences shall be at least fifty percent (50%) open. For the purposes of this requirement, the front yard shall be defined as the area located between an adjacent street and the wall of the principal structure that faces it.


  1. Where fences are used in combination with required landscaping on the perimeter of residential subdivisions in designated common area or easement, the landscaping shall be placed on the street side of the fence.


  1. Prohibited Fences. All electrified, barbed wire, razor wire, and stockade fences are prohibited on all non-farm property. Chain link fences are prohibited in the front yard in residential districts. In no instance shall this be interpreted as prohibiting the use of invisible fences.


If you plan on installing a fence soon, come up and see us at the Planning and Zoning Office before you get started and we can provide information that will be helpful.

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