Adding a brand new fence to your home is a big expense. Not only are there installation and material costs involved with putting a fence up, but you'll need to maintain the fence over time. That is why you may have the following 3 questions about fencing.
Will I Need A Permit?
There is not a simple answer to if you need to acquire a permit for installing a fence, as there are different laws and regulations in each city. You must do your research beforehand, because if you are caught installing a fence without a permit when it is required, there are consequences. You could face fines, as well as having to rip out the fence and start from scratch.
Obtaining a permit is as simple as contacting your city's building department and asking about permit requirements. If permits are required, you may have to submit a layout of where the fence will be installed, proof of property ownership, and pay a fee for the permit. A city inspector will check on your fence throughout the construction process, because they will need to verify things, such as if your fence posts are buried to the proper depth.
If you live in a homeowner's association, you may need additional permission from them as well. There may be restrictions on the type of fence you can have installed, and fines for those that do not follow the community guidelines.
How Do I Determine The Property Lines?
Even if you have existing boundaries established between you and your neighbors, they may not be accurate. It is always a good idea to have a land survey done prior to installing a fence. Property lines will be marked so that there is a clear boundary of where the fence should go.
Not getting a land survey done could result in a lawsuit with your neighbor and having to move the fence.
What Kind of Fencing Is Low Maintenance?
While wood fencing will have a beautiful appearance, it requires the most amount of maintenance. If you do not stain and seal the wood regularly your fence could easily deteriorate over time.
Vinyl fencing is a great alternative that is relatively maintenance-free. At most, you will need to rinse off the fence with your hose, but other than that, the construction of the fence will remain solid for years to come.
Now that you know the answers to these three questions, you'll be ready to build your fence. Contact a local Outdoor Fence Company with any questions.