The first step in following the rules of fence installation in Bloomington, MN is knowing what the many regulations are. There are processes to obtaining permission from the city for the addition of most structures to your land.
Answers to common questions can help prepare for the road ahead.
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?
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)?
What is the height restrictions on a fence?
Are there any design restrictions?
How do I choose a fence?
Every property will be different from the next. This will make each new construction in a neighborhood, need to follow certain standards. Where any public property, like easements, meet your land will be important when planning this fence layout.
Pins will ned exposed in any fence installation in Bloomington that Northland Fence is performing. This is a physical representation of your land and these corner markers will show a limit to construction.
Finding pins is as simple as renting a metal detector, or using a large magnet. They can be replaced by a Certified Surveyor.
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 are public property and can contain important utilities, like telephone lines. You cannot bui9ld directly on them, but if you go around them appropriately and join in an encroachment agreement with the city, you can erect your fence surrounding it. There still needs to be easy access to these by workers and if any damage occurs, the city is not responsible for it.
If there is no agreement in place, a fence cannot be placed directly on the property line. A fence can be built up to this point in the city of Bloomington. Always look out for public easements and utilities when planning your placement. The safest bet is to always construct entirely on your own land.
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.
Any building done on one property owner’s land, does not need to be the neighborhood news. It is wise to tell all surrounding neighbors, so no negative feelings appear after its construction. A boundary fence needs a solid written agreement. Written notification does need to occur if any of the installation carries over to their land, or if you hook your fence to theirs.
The Good Neighbor Rule will include all structures on your land and how well you care for them. Use precision in maintenance so all fences are kept safe to any passerbys. Always do your fair share when you partially own a boundary fence, but keep any large alterations held off until the other party approves.
Shared fences are placed on the property line and both adjoining neighbors are usually responsible for it. If there is no agreement in place, and your neighbor has no need for the structure, most likely costs will not be split.
Any fence that is pre existing on the property line will also need cared for by both land owners, even if neither built it.
To make for a smooth process, know all the details of the protocol for applying for permission from the city to build your barrier. For different fences, and their different locations, there could be a slightly different process. Having a detailed sketch of your land and where the fence will go is very useful at this point, and sometimes required.
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.
Gopher State One can give all locational information for underground utilities. As a property owner performing a fence installation in Bloomington, this is your job. Northland Fence steps in to handle all these matter if contracted.
Obstructing or damaging utilities is hazardous and will put your construction to a dead stop.
A survey will not be required if you know your property lines and all property pins are in place. There is a Certified Surveyor available at Northland Fence for a flat rate, who evaluates land and can sufficiently help with finding out your land’s official knowledge.
Surround a swimming [pool with a fence 4 foot to 6 foot tall. The gate must at least be 4-foot as well, and come with a self latching, or locking mechanism. These safety matters are important so be sure to choose a fence design that is not easily climbed, and have no gaps in the paneling larger than 4 inches.
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 limitations on the appearance of fence will be because of safety precautions. Choosing a smart fence will include not breaking height rules, or material guidelines. The specific color scheme of the covenant or subdivision could have some control over your decision.
Backyard fence can be as tall as 6-foot. There are circumstances where you can get a fence up to 8 -foot approved.The same goes for fences placed on inner side lots.
A fence in the front yard, however, can only be 4-foot tall. This is important for passing traffic, so no views are blocked.
Coming in contact with a fence that is made of hazardous materials is dangerous, especially in residential areas. Fences cannot be made of anything electrically charged, or have additions of barb wire.
Select a fence that can beautify your land, but will also serve its purpose. Keep an animal secured with a vinyl privacy fence, or even surround a pool with one for safety and seclusion. This is a great way to block noise from a neighbor.
Always look for durable materials, with little maintenance, so the fence can be cared for according to code.
Laws need considered so there are no safety concerns in the area. By not abiding by them you will find yourself faced with fines, have to relocate the fence, or even in court with an adjoining property owner. Northland Fence can do most of the footwork of the project and guide you through a competent fence installation in Bloomington.
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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