For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases will have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:
Approved fence materials. Materials normally manufactured for, used as, and commonly recognized as fencing materials such as: wrought iron or other decorative metals suitable for the construction of fences, fired masonry, concrete, stone, metal tubing, wood planks, chain-link and vinyl composite manufactured specifically as fencing materials.
Fence materials must also be materials approved for exterior use that are weather and decay resistant. Building Code. The group of building code and other related codes as adopted and amended by the City of Carrollton in Chapter 150 of the Code of Ordinances. Designated City Official or DCO. The City Manager. The Code of Ordinances of the City of Carrollton, Texas. Dilapidated fence. A fence which is decayed, deteriorated or has fallen into disrepair or partial ruin. Fence. Except where otherwise required in this code, regulations governing the height, location and opacity of fences also applies to walls, hedges or landscaping used in lieu of a fence or in combination with a fence. A fence is any part of a fence including the base, footings, supporting columns, post, braces, gates, structural members or any other of its appendages. Opacity. The degree of openness which light or views are blocked measured perpendicular to the fence for each fence section between supports.
Routine maintenance where replacement of materials is less than twenty (20) feet in length and the scope, location or dimensions of the fence are not changed. Repairs shall be made using materials with color, size and shape as nearly identical to the original as possible, and with quality meeting or exceeding the quality of the original.
Replacement of entire sections or panels totaling more than twenty (20) feet in any six (6) month period shall require a fence permit. Wrought iron. Wrought iron (or steel) known to be hand or machine forged products, made from solid rods, bars, or other structural shaped iron (steel) or cast products of the same genre. These products are normally decorative, functional, and long lasting. Wrought iron fences would also include thin light weight sheet metal that has been slit, roll formed and machine welded into hollow tubular shapes and made to look like true wrought iron.
Section 154.05 General Requirements
- No fence material shall be used to construct a fence except for those listed and regulated in this chapter or other city ordinances.
- Fence sections essentially parallel with an arterial street as defined by the City of Carrollton Transportation Plan shall have their back side (the side with the exposed posts and rails) oriented to the interior of the lot to minimize their exposure to the public. Exception: posts and rails may be oriented to the exterior of the lot when concealed within construction that is consistent with and complementary to the construction of the fence. Visual depictions of construction shall be required for review of appearance prior to issuance of a permit.
- No person shall construct a fence, guy wire, brace or any fence post upon or into a public right-of-way or property that the city or the general public has dominion and control over, owns or has an easement over, under, around or through unless otherwise authorized by the City Manager or designee or through a license agreement with the City of Carrollton.
- No fence shall be erected within any drainage easement, or visibility, access and maintenance easements unless otherwise authorized by the City Manager or designee.
- Fences are not permitted in floodway areas as designated on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s FEMA) flood boundary and floodway map.
- A fence must not adversely affect drainage or create debris build-up.
- Any area three feet (3′) in radius around any fire hydrants and fire hose connections must be kept free of any fencing that could impede access to or use of the hydrant or fire hose connection.
- A fence must not impede access to public utilities or metering devices.
- In all cases of conflict between this chapter and the zoning regulations of the city, including but not limited to the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, as amended, concerning construction and maintenance of fences, the most restrictive shall prevail. In all cases of conflict between this chapter and any planned development ordinance, the planned development ordinance shall prevail.
- No fence shall be constructed as to encroach into any area designated as part of the visibility triangle as specified in the Carrollton Code of Ordinances.
- Each fence shall be constructed with materials of comparable composition, color, size and shape.
- No person shall construct a fence braced by guy wires, braces or any other material that may be viewable from any public streets, rights-of-ways, or alleyways or property over which the city or general public has dominion and control.
Section 154.06 Permits (a) Required. It is unlawful for any person to construct, replace, or cause to be constructed, repaired, or replaced, a fence or any part of a fence in the city without first obtaining a fence permit from the Development Services Department of the City of Carrollton.
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