Matching a fence to your specific property is difficult, but also consider the technical, legal qualities of fence installation in Anoka. If one avoids the rules, there can be serious problems during construction, but also unexpected fines.
Begin with considering these frequently asked questions when starting the process of purchasing a barrier.
Do I need my property pins exposed?
Can I install a boundary fence?
Can I build my fence on an easement?
Where can I place my fence on the property?
Do I need to notify my neighbors when getting a fence?
What is the good neighbor rule and does it apply for my fence?
Is your neighbor required to pay for a sharing fence line?
Are there any special requirements in your HOA, Covenants, Subdivision?
Do I need a fence permit?
Who calls the utilities when installing my fence?
Do I need a survey before installing a fence?
I live on a corner lot. How far do I need to be away from the curb when installing a fence?
What is the height restrictions on a fence?
Are there any design restrictions?
How do I choose a fence?
According to your land, there are different approaches to where to have your fence placed. Think of the boundaries, and proper setback according to laws. A Surveyor can fully evaluate land, and even replace any missing or broken property pins.
Property pins are the most accurate way to define property lines and avoid property disputes or code violations. Contractors will need property pins exposed in order to place the fence correctly by making measurements from the property lines.
Boundary fences are built on the line dividing two lots. These structures are made out of an agreement by both parties, who will share costs and future care of the barrier.
If one neighbor builds on the property line, it is illegal to not be in agreement with the other land owner.
Easements must be able to be accessed by the city at any point in time. This means a fence cannot block or intrude it, a barrier cannot stop the easement from serving its purpose. An easement can be surrounded by a fence if access is still easily given.
Although be careful, if the fence is afflicted with any damage from city workers, you will still be liable for repairs.
Fence posts or bases must be placed inside the property lines, with the finished side facing outwards. Fences may be built directly on the property line, but only with signed permission from the neighboring property owner. Public rights of way, water drainage, and easements should never be blocked.
State and city guidelines always stress to always be open with your neighbors on any important matters, such as construction. The addition of a barrier could add unwanted tension in your neighborhood if many are unaware and unwanting of the structure.
Property owners are not obligated to inform neighbors of construction on your property but it is considered courteous to avoid neighborly disputes. Neighbors will need to give permission before a fence can be constructed on or over the property line. Property owners should also notify neighbors if it will be necessary to enter their property in order to finish your fence.
Hold all of the structures on your land to high standards. Treat fences with care to be a Good Neighbor and continue to keep that status by performing maintenance on a regular basis. This will keep things safe in the area.
Only the owner is responsible for paying and performing construction or required maintenance. If neighbors agree to share ownership for a property line fence then owners will share responsibilities. When neighbors share ownership, an agreement should be reached concerning which neighbor handles which responsibilities, such as costs and labor.
Small issues can arise throughout the process that need dealt with. This will include obtaining permission from the city for new construction, or contacting utilities to make sure you do not disrupt any lines underground.
A fencing permit is required for construction of a barrier on your land within the city. There is a one-time fee of $25 to be collected when turning in the application. This application will ask where your fence will be constructed (in the form of a detailed sketch) and what material and height it will be.
There are no inspections of the fence required.
Prior to construction have all utilities marked. Gopher State One knows of these locations so contact them, or contract Northland Fence for the fence installation in Anoka and they will handle all of this for you for a hazard-free construction.
No survey is required by law to go along with your permit application. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to locate property lines and respect them according to the codes laid out by the city. If lines are unclear there is a certified surveyor available for a flat rate at Northland Fence.
Pools require a safety fence surrounding the area as an additional layer of protection for children. Pool fences are required to use a climb resistant design, which means it must be at least 4 feet in height and have no footholds or gaps greater than 4 inches. Gates that access the area must be locked when the area is unsupervised and must also be equipped with self closing hinges and latches.
Corner lot owners are restricted from building within a visibility triangle located at the property corner nearest a street or railroad right of way intersection. This area is measured 25 feet along each property line front the corner. Remember the property corner will likely have a setback from the curb lines.
There are restrictions that tell what a fence can and cannot look like. Having a fence too tall on your property will impeach on safety guidelines. Even material is important for keeping the neighborhood in good shape in the future, and having all members of the community feel secure walking around.
A fence will always be allowed at a shorter height in front yards because of the safety of those traveling who need clear sightlines. Maximum height for front yard barriers is 4-feet. In backyards and inner side-lots the fence can be up to 6-feet tall.
Posts and structural supports will need to be placed on the inner portion of the fence with the finished side presented to the public. Materials such as barbed wire or other designs which may be considered dangerous are restricted in residential areas. Owners must use only safe weather resistant materials and designs. This responsibility also includes performing required maintenance in a timely manner when needed to prevent the fence from becoming a public nuisance.
When selecting a fence, property owners will need to understand the codes and regulations specific to their area before committing to any design specifications. An important detail to nail down will be material to ensure durability, designs options, and price fit your needs. Do not invest in materials until you are sure the design and projected location is up to code.
Once all rules are known and followed exactly, fear of fines and out of pocket relocation costs are erased. The expertise shown by Northland Fence for every fence installation in Anoka can be the guide you are searching for. They know the process inside-and-out, and this is reflected in their top-rated status.
Understanding how to properly and legally install your fence is the beginning step in the entire process. While it is not as fun as choosing colors or designs, laws must be considered. Follow the specific regulations for the Anoka community and choose a quality fence for a successful installation experience.
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