If you’ve recently decided to add a fence to your property, you’re probably busy nailing down all of the details of the project. Adding a fence makes sense on most properties because fences add value and increase safety and security. It can only do these things if it is built well and built correctly, however. This is why, depending on many of the factors you settle on for your fence, you’re likely to find you need a permit.
Many of the stylistic choices of your fence are also going to be part of what determines if you need a permit, so it is important to decide on them before contacting your local government agency. Start with the property type. If the fence is going up around your commercial property, it is likely going to be covered by different rules than on a residential property. A commercial fence will likely always need a permit and you may also have to request or apply for permission to deviate from set parameters (such as height, for instance, which may be capped at 7 feet). For a residential fence, height, material, and location on your property may all play a role in determining if you need a permit. For instance, in some locations, you’d need a permit to build a six-foot privacy fence around your property, but not to build a one-foot decorative fence around a garden.
Here we don’t mean the location of the fence on your property, rather the actual location of your property. Besides all the factors above, the location of your property is also a huge determining factor because of local governments. Some local governments, Baltimore City, for instance, have very strict rules about permitting, to the point that it feels like they require a permit for every type of property improvement. On the other hand, there are other areas that only require permits for large projects. Before you begin, check with your local governments.
The Bottom Line
The only way you can know for certain if you need a permit is to check. While it may feel like a bother to jump through the hoops of checking on and then obtaining a permit, remember the rules are there for people’s safety. Nobody wants a dangerous and poorly made fence that could fall down and hurt someone, and that’s what the permitting requirement is trying to prevent.
Hercules Fence of Virginia Beach
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