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Do I Need a Permit to Build a Fence?

Do I Need a Permit to Build a Fence? hercules gsa

It is important to work with a reputable fence installer who knows about permits and can help you adhere to the law.

If you want to build a fence around your home, there are a few things you need to know first. Anyone familiar with the law may wonder whether they need a permit. A few factors can determine this (your fence’s height, and where it’s located), but you should always question whether or not you need a permit. 

Once you start down this route, make sure to work with a reputable fence installer who will be knowledgeable about permits and can help you adhere to the law. Here are some other considerations behind fence permitting.

Check With the Government

Is your dream fence on your mind again? Before you build your fence, whether you go the DIY route or work with a pro, you may want to think about what your local government will say first. Check with your local city or county government officials before planning your fence design, as it may cause the project to come to a screaming halt. If you build a fence without a permit, you’ll likely face fines in addition to the cost of starting from scratch, so do all of your research ahead of time.

Follow Instructions & Apply

If your government policies indicate that you need a permit, you must apply for one. It might seem like a lot, but it’s no different from other government applications. Most of them are straightforward and clear—just make sure you take a few moments to familiarize yourself with what’s being asked of you and you’ll get it done with no problem. Each city, county, or town can have its specific instructions and turnaround times, but for the most part, these processes are straightforward. Remember that you should start this process early, as it can take a few weeks to approve your permit application.

Check With Neighbors

While getting your permit may be all you’re legally required to do, you may also want to check with your neighbors directly. If your homeowner’s association has no fencing restrictions, and you’re doing everything within what the permit allows, it shouldn’t be a problem. That said, make sure your neighbors are aware of the project and are okay with it. There may be some concessions you can make to help get them on board with the project, and while it might slow you down some to get this permission, everyone will be much happier in the end.

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