Sec. 18-483 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 a public street shall have their back side (the side with the exposed posts and rails) oriented to the interior of the residential lot to minimize their exposure to the public. Exception: Posts and rails may be oriented to the exterior of the residence 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 fence shall be erected on public right-of-way, within any drainage easement, or Visibility, Access & Maintenance Easements unless otherwise authorized by the Director of Engineering Services.
Sec. 18-484 Residential Zoning District Regulations.
These sections (18-484-18-484.8) shall apply in all residential zoning districts within the city.
Sec. 18-484.1 Height Limitation.
- Rear yard. It is unlawful for any person to construct, erect, maintain, suffer, or permit a fence in any rear yard or along any rear yard lot line which fence exceeds eight (8’) feet in height as defined in subsection 18-484.8. Decorative gate embellishments are allowed. They shall not exceed the height of the fence by more than two (2’) feet.
- Side yard. It is unlawful for any person to construct, erect, maintain, suffer, or permit a fence in any side yard or along any side yard lot line which fence exceeds eight (8’) feet in height as defined in subsection 18-484.8.
Sec. 18-484.2 Construction in front yards.
A. All fences constructed in the front yard of a residential property shall:
1. Be no taller in height than forty-eight (48”) inches as defined in
2. Allow minimum fifty (50%) percent opacity.
- Not impede the vision triangle.
- Not allow vertical support posts and gates to extend more than four(4”) inches above the top of the fence intersection.
B. Decorative Gates. A decorative gate over four (4’) feet in height in the front yard requires the approval of the Chief Building Officials or designee.
C. Key Lots. There are special restrictions for fences on key lots.
- Refer to Figure 1 along with the definition in the definitions section for an explanation of a key.
- A fence, that is more than 50% opaque and constructed of tubular steel or wrought iron and not exceeding eight (8) feet in height, may be located up to five (5) feet from the property line of the side of the house on a key lot.
- A solid fence, not exceeding eight (8) feet in height, may be located at the setback line (front yard setback shall be used for key lots) as defined by Zoning Ordinance as it is currently written or may be amended. It is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure proper setbacks are maintained.
Sec. 18-484.5 The following types of fences are prohibited in a residential district. It is unlawful for any person to erect, maintain, or permit a fence that;
- Is electrically charged in any manner, except single-strand wires designed to conduct electricity through an approved low-voltage regulator shall be allowed along the fence’s interior for the purposes of securing pets within a fenced yard.
- Has barbed wire in or on it.
- Has concertina wire in or on it.
- Has razor wire in or on it.
- Has in it or on it barbs, projections, broken glass, or anything reasonablycapable of causing harm to persons or animals.
Sec.18-484.6 Perimeter Walls
Where a fence intersects a screening wall and the height of the fence exceeds the height of the screening wall, the height of the fence shall transition to the height of the screening wall over a distance of twenty (20’) feet.
Exception: The Chief Building Official may make exceptions to the twenty (20’) feet transition where terrain and lot orientation does not allow for an orderly transition. Visual depictions of construction shall be required for review prior to issuance of a permit.
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