When building a fence for your property, it is more than just to specify what you want and buy the material. Even when building the temporary fencing solution, you need to obtain a permit in order to build it in accordance with law.

All homeowners must apply for the permit, which will be accepted or rejected by the local municipality and jurisdiction. So, how do you know what you need in order to obtain it? How to start? Start by reading our article, where we will explain some basic things!

Each state applies a different law

It may happen that you do not even need the permit for building the fence, as this solely depends on the state and country you live in. While you may need a permit to build in in Oregon, it may happen that you do not need it all in NY. Different jurisdictions apply the different law and it also may happen that you need it only if you fence exceeds a certain height. If it does, you will be required to fill a 4-pages paper form in order to get the permission.

Each state applies a different law
Fencing Law in different states

So, if you have a fence that is over 6 feet tall, you will definitely want to ask for permission prior to building it. Depending on the municipality, somewhere you might be required to apply the setback boundaries. Still, when you compare and try to make a general rule, you are required to ask for a permit in cities, while in the suburban areas you can build it without, regardless of the height.

Obtaining the permit

This can be a really exhausting process, as some states will ask you to show the draft, blueprints, photos or even a written permit from your neighbor. At some places, your neighbor might be the part of a financial plan, as he is ought to participate in financing the fence.

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Obtaining the permit

If you are building it on your own, you will need a written agreement from your neighbor that you are financing the whole project on your own, so that he has a proof that is legally (not) obliged to participate in the project. This is generally a huge burden to cities, but they see it as a cheaper solution as it is not the municipal’s responsibility.

The best thing to do? Ask a company to get the permission

If you hire a professional fencing company and service, the best thing you can do is to leave them the paperwork. They are familiar with the law and regulations, so they know this better than you. In case you need a permit, they will obtain it for you and if not, they will tell you do not need one.

This saves a lot of time, but keep in mind that you pay the fee, and you also pay them for obtaining it for you. Also, have in mind that some companies do not do this, so ask them before you make any deal with them.

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