A perfect fence for your specific lot will depend on your lifestyle and property. There are rules in place for each stage of fence installation in Arden Hills. Consider how your land is laid out and what kind of fence you need, then see if it can follow all of the rules laid out by the state and city.
It’s wise to use the answers to common questions to guide you through the protocol.
Do I need my property pins exposed?
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 shared fence line?
Do I need a fence permit?
Who calls the utilities when installing my fence?
Do I need a survey before installing a fence?
What are the requirements of installing a fence around a swimming pool (above ground and in ground)?
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?
The placement of the fence relies heavily on the limits of your lot. Knowing all the ins and outs of your property is crucial to a legal positioning of the structure. The other issues that could be presented underground need considered, as well as distances from public property, or easements.
Pins must be visible for Northland Fence to continue fence construction. They also need to be exposed if your fence is over 7’ and the city require the land to be inspected prior to installation.
Stakes can easily be found with a large magnet or metal detecting device. These mark all boundaries of the land.
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.
Easement areas should be avoided when plotting your fence location if possible. Fences that block access to or proper work on an easement may be damaged or removed by the fence user.
Repairs will be will be at the expense of the owner and never the rightful user of the easement.
Property owners are required to accurately locate property lines prior to construction to ensure their fence is placed at least 1 foot from the property line to avoid property disputes. If neighbors sign an agreement of mutual consent, fences may be built directly on the property line.
Having your neighbors on the same page is not a necessity in the process, but can lead to the reward of a tension-less community. Hostility can appear over surprise barrier construction. Some scenarios force you to legally gain neighbors permission, as well.
Construction on your property that is at the allowed setback, does not need to be told to neighbors by tcity law. It is still wise to let them know the details. This could even bring about conversations of a boundary fence.
Always get written permission if you need access to a fellow property owner’s land during the building period. Their consent needs given for hooking a fence to their fence.
All areas of your property and structures on it fall under the Good Neighbor Rule. You must care for your belongings so the neighborhood shines along with your land. Fence maintenance is not just about appearances, but a dilapidated fence is dangerous. That is why it is vital to perform any repairs in a timely manner.
Let this rule carry over to shared fences and always follows all of the care guidelines you agreed on when constructing the fence together.
Maintenance and repairs of a fence need performed by both parties if it is on a shared property line. This fence could have been priory built, and still belong to both adjoining owners.
The decision to erect a boundary fence is serious and will need to be a written agreement with maintenance and costs laid out for the future. All alterations to a shared fence will need approved by both parties.
Fences need to be erected only after they are approved by the city. Some fences, depending on the height may not need to have a permit, but always know what your certain situation will require you to do. Further information is available at Zimmerman City Hall if you have even more particular situations on your land.
Zimmerman only requires property owner to receive a fence permit when constructing a design greater than 7 feet. Since there is no permit, the owner is fully responsible for ensuring the structure is placed properly and up to code. When a permit is required, a detailed site plan will also need to be included detailing the fence design and placement.
Utility lines run underground, and to locate them call Gopher State One. A self-installer is in charge of this, but the task can be smoothly completed during a fence installation in Zimmerman by Northland Fence.
Even when a permit is required, only a detailed site plan is required, not necessarily a certificate of survey. A certified surveyor may be needed if property pins are missing or broken. This is also the best way to ensure an accurate site plan including the individual variances of your property that need special attention.
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.
The aesthetic of your land will extend to the style of fence you choose. The material and height of this structure must follow codes from the state and city. There are even further rules specific subdivisions or covenants could contain about the colors your fence should be.
Zimmerman, MN allows a higher fence than average at 8 feet in the side and rear yards of a property. However, in the front yard the limit is reduced to 4 feet. Keep in mind a fence will require a permit if it is taller than 7 feet.
Designs that a restricted are chiefly due to safety concerns, including electric, barbed wire, or other farm fencing. The finished side of the fence should always face the public. Owners will also be responsible for keeping the structure to a safe and visually please level of maintenance. This also means using only a structurally sturdy design and weather resistant materials.
Fence selection begin with the use of the structure. Depending on where it is intended to go, there are rules on height and material to consider during your selection.
Maintenance expectations from the city can be easily handled if you choose a fence that is sturdy and not prone to warping, cracking, or unappealing discoloration. Vinyl has been chosen over wood fences time and time again for this very reason.
Finding a fence you love is one part of the entire process, and this structure must align with rules on appearance and location. Do not skip steps in the process, or your could end up in legal disputes, with neighbors or the city. Northland Fence, trustworthy and top-rated company in Minnesota, can show you the same expertise they display in all their fence installation in Arden Hills.
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 Arden Hills community and choose a quality fence for a successful installation experience.
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