Choosing a perfect fence can take time, but you also need to see if that fence aligns with all regulations placed on barriers. Each city’s rules will vary, so it is vital to learn the restrictions for fence installation in Big Lake.
Read through all of the commonly asked questions to answer your quandaries on new construction on residential property.
Do I need my property pins exposed?
Can I install a boundary fence?
Can I build my fence on an easement?
What are the requirements of installing a fence around a swimming pool (above ground and in ground)?
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?
Do I need a fence permit?
Who calls the utilities when installing my fence?
Do I need a survey before installing a fence?
What is the height restrictions on a fence?
Are there any design restrictions?
How do I choose a fence?
The legal placement of a fence is only done after all property lines are apparent. There is no way around understanding your property fully, when it comes to making an addition to it. Take account of any public easements that could be in the path of the structures, as well
Property pins will need to be exposed in order to locate your exact property lines. This will be required to create an accurate site plan. Contractors will also need property pins exposed during construction in order to ensure precise measurements when placing your fence.
Having a fence built directly on a property line will make it a boundary fence. This is illegal unless an agreement is in place between the adjoining landowners. The fence costs will then be shared and maintenance, according to what is outlined in the paperwork.
Fences will not be allowed on any utility or drainage easement. Fences near an easement will need additional review from the Building Official to ensure they will not interfere with proper use of the area. Even if prior permission is given, damages that occur to a fence due to rightful use of an easement will be the sole responsibility of the fence owner.
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.
The rules that exist in your specific subdivision or covenant need to be followed along with the city rules. Color schemes can make a difference in how cohesive the community appears. Also there is protocol to follow when gaining permission from your neighbors for special construction circumstances.
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.
Your property needs to be kept in good shape at all time to be a ‘good neighbor.’ Think of this as a way to ensure the whole community shines, and the values of homes in the area increase, along with yours.
Show care to your fence, and even choose a durable vinyl material to build it out of, so maintain standards are easily kept.
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.
A certificate of survey is required for a building permit application. This will require a certified surveyor to visit your property and take exact measurements of your property and its existing structures. This information and more will be compiled into a certificate of survey showing the details of your property.
Pools require a safety fence to protect against unsupervised access by children. Pool fences must be at least 4 feet tall and of an impassable design. This means the design includes no gaps greater than 4 inches or readily available footholds. The material the fence is constructed from will need to be weather treated to be corrosion and decay resistant. Gates need to be equipped with self closing mechanisms, as well as locks when the area is not being used.
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.
Property owners constructing a fence are required to use only quality weather resistant materials and designs. Safety is a key concern, so designs such as electric or barbed wire fences are not permitted. Maintenance will also be required to keep your fence in both a safe and visually pleasing condition. Structural supports should always be faced inwards so that neighboring properties or the public see the finished side.
It is your responsibility to protect your investment in a fence by purchasing a durable option that can keep your land safe and beautiful for years to come. Full security is provided by a vinyl privacy fence and its material composition is not prone to discoloration, or warping.
Find a fence that’s height is appropriate for where it is being placed. Safety and fence appearance goes hand in hand.
Gather all of your documentation, and intended plans, to have a quick fence approval, and be on your way to constructing the fence of your dreams. It is easy to fall behind, and to make sure all the laws are followed, contact Northland Fence for a competent and stress-free fence installation in Big Lake.
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 Zimmerman community and choose a quality fence for a successful installation experience.
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