Fencing Requirements




All fences erected or altered in the city shall require a permit.  No fee is required for said permit.  Routine maintenance or replacement of fences does not require a permit.


All requests for fences shall be reviewed and approved or disapproved by the Building Inspector.  Applicants shall supply said Building Inspector with a locator map, description, and other documentation as the Building Inspector deems necessary.  Applications for fence permits may be obtained at city hall.


No fences shall be erected or altered to exceed six feet in height above finished grade except as otherwise indicated in specific district requirements.


No person shall erect, or cause to be erected, maintain, or cause to be maintained, any fence or enclosure any part of which is charged with or designed to be charged with electrical current.


No provisions of these fence requirements shall be construed as the right of the property owner to erect a fence on a public easement for any purpose.  It shall be the responsibility of the property owners to insure that a fence does not block or obstruct the flow of storm water.


All fences erected prior to enactment of this ordinance shall be considered nonconforming as such shall be allowed to remain in place.




The use of barbed wire or single strand wire fences shall not be permitted in residential districts.


The owners of residential properties shall be responsible for maintaining fences on their property, and to remove any fence if it becomes unsightly or a menace to public safety, health or welfare.


On an interior lot, a solid fence shall not extend beyond the front building line.  On a corner lot, a fence shall not extend beyond the front building lines.


Materials allowed for construction of a privacy fence must be wood, plastic, or cinder block, except posts may be made of metal.  Maximum board width is 12 inches for solid, staggered or “basket weave” fences.  Solid panels such as plywood, wafer board, etc., will not be allowed, except around construction sites for public safety, which must be removed when the construction project is completed.


Materials allowed for construction of a decorative fence can be wood, woven wire, chain link, wrought iron, square tubing, metal pipe, cinder block, plastic.  A decorative fence must be of open construction, no panels such as plywood, wafer board, etc., will be allowed.


All framework of a wood fence, privacy or decorative, must be on the inside portion of the fence, and all posts of a wire fence must be inside the fabric.


Temporary fences may be erected in conjunction with “display homes” in subdivisions so long as the fences are removed within 30 days following the sale or transfer of ownership of the homes.


Vision clearance – No hedge, tree, shrub or other growth or object of any kind shall be maintained in such a location within such required front yard so as to obstruct the view of right-of-way, pedestrian or street traffic.


Ornamental dividers, plastic chains, posts or like materials erected along driveways or sidewalks shall not be considered a fence.


Fences shall be erected around swimming pools according to the adopted building codes of the city.




Fences shall be limited to six feet.  However, fences to a maximum of eight feet in height may be permitted for security purposes by the Building Inspector.  A request stating the reason must be made in writing by the property owners.  Also, barbed wire shall be permitted only if the lowest strand is at least seven feet above grade, and when used for security purposes in addition to a regular fence.


Fences are permitted on any lot or paved area so long as they do not extend beyond the front or side building line.




To prevent undue hardship, a variance from the terms of this ordinance, which will result in substantial compliance, may be obtained from the Planning Commission in the event of denial by the Building Inspector.




All fences or other like structures erected or maintained in violation of this article are hereby deemed and declared to be a nuisance, and any owner or occupant of a lot or tract of land upon which nuisance exists shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.  Each day on which such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.

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