Thinking About Fencing In Your Yard? What You Need To Know About Fencing Laws

Maybe you just got a new dog and want to keep him in the yard. Maybe you are just tired of the kids in the neighborhood traipsing through your yard and tearing up your flowerbeds. No matter what your reasons are for fencing in your property, finding out more about the laws regarding fencing in your area is important before doing so.

Spite Fencing Is Never A Good Idea

If you are considering putting up a fence between you and your neighbor simply because you do not like that person, you are considering what is called a 'spite fence'. In some areas, the placement of a spite fence is against the law and can mean you spending money taking it back down. If a spite fence interferes with your neighbor's daily routine in any way, you could be asked to take it down by the local authorities. Learning more about specific fence laws in your area is a good idea before spending your hard-earned money of fencing materials. Keep in mind the same laws apply to natural fences like shrubbery or trees placed to annoy or to spite your neighbors.

Regarding Six And Four Feet High Fences

In most residential areas, fencing ordinances require fences in the front yard to be no more than four feet high. Also in residential areas, ordinances generally allow fencing to be up to six feet high. For most homeowners, these height requirements are acceptable. However, when circumstances arise that require higher fencing, for example getting a large outdoor dog like a Great Dane, building a seven-foot may be your only option. In most residential cases, the addition of a seven-foot fence is no big deal.

However, if your Great Dane bites, making sure you keep your pet confined is important to avoid anyone from the authorities coming out and seeing a fence that is too high or not high enough. While most fencing laws are not strictly enforced, they could be if involved in a circumstance like a dog bite case. Always take the time to learn about the laws in your area regarding pet confinement and fencing if you are thinking about getting a large dog.

Avoiding The Unsightly Fence

Fencing can become a problem if your neighbor decides your fence does not complement the neighborhood and is unsightly. For example, if you live in a subdivision and you decide to fence in your yard with a rusty Gothic cemetery fence you found online, you could be stopped by your neighbors because it does not fit into the neighborhood. These fencing ordinances are similar to the laws regarding the devaluing of private property.

You may have annoying neighbors and you would love nothing more than to erect a ten foot wooden privacy fence around your entire house if you could get by with it. Before you fence in your property with any type of fencing, find out which ordinances you need to consider first. Contact Sarasota Fence Inc for more information.


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