Adding an addition to your property, such as a fence, can be exciting but will take some planning and preparation. Grant, MN, like many places, has its own individual zoning restrictions and regulations for property owners. It will be important to look through other property owner’s past stumbling blocks to prevent yourself from running into the same issue.
By knowing the common questions on fence requirements, you can feel confident in your decision to accompany your property with a fence.
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?
Can I build a boundary 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 should I do if I live on a corner lot?
What is the height restrictions on a fence?
Are there any design restrictions?
How do I choose a fence?
Having a clear idea of your property boundaries will be vital to knowing where to place your fence. However, you will also want to consider slopes or variations in your yard, which may be hard to build on or leave your fence looking wonky. Plot out the exact location of your fence before committing to anything to ensure you don’t run into unexpected problems.
Your fence must be built entirely on your property without hanging over or posing any danger to nearby property. If you plan to build the fence within 3 feet of your property line, remember, you will need a permit. If you build away from your property line you will still be required to maintain your property on the opposite side of the fence. It is best to build along the property line to prevent property disputes between neighbors in the future.
Having property pins exposed is required for installation companies to stay within your property since they are not as accustomed to your property. These pins are hidden in the corners of your property, connecting them with a straight line is your precise property line. If your property pins are missing or damaged you may need a certified surveyor may need to replace them.
If your property has an easement, it is in place to allow access to utilities or public passage. These areas, such as a hiking trail or a telephone pole, cannot be blocked by a fence, hedge or other structure. An easement can be surrounded by three walls as long as it is still accessible. City workers will not be responsible for damages that occur because of a blocked easement.
Neighborhoods thrive when conditions are orderly and all sub-division rules are followed. This can include the interpersonal relationship between the property owners. Understand how to be a ‘good neighbor’ and do not doubt the power of straightforward communication. A neighbor may have helpful insight when it comes to design. They may even be willing to share costs for a say in the fence.
The city of Grant does not require property owners to notify neighbors of an upcoming fence installation, however it is considered common courtesy. If installers will have to enter your neighbors property during construction, it is best to notify them of construction dates to limit unnecessary conflicts. Talking to a neighbor beforehand will allow them to feel heard if they have a difference of opinion on design or location.
Boundary fences, or partition fences, are those built precisely on top of the property line. In this case neighbors will have shared ownership and responsibility of maintenance. If you want to build a boundary fence, you will need to make an agreement with your neighbor beforehand. It will also be important to discuss responsibilities, like labor and costs, if it comes to repairs in the future.
Responsibilities depend on the prior agreement made with your neighbor. One neighbor may only agree to let the other use the property line to build the fence on the condition they have no responsibilities. Going over the details of costs and repairs at the time of construction will be vital. You may also need to come to terms over an existing boundary fence if a new neighbor moves in.
The good neighbor rule does apply to your fence. This rule covers maintenance of either a shared or private fence. Both neighbors should be doing their part to keep the fence in its best condition while allowing but not exceeding a reasonable time period. It is illegal for one neighbor to remove or change a boundary fence without permission from the other. In any case both neighbors should avoid intentionally subjecting the fence to possible damage.
Familiarize yourself with the process of building a fence and city regulations to ensure you don’t overlook something. Many restrictions are safety concerns so following them will protect yourself and those around you, but will also prevent possible fines from improper construction. If your fence is built and does not meet required standards you could be forced to relocate your fence or even remove it and start from the beginning.
Grant, MN, will not always require residents to get a permit before building a fence. You will however need one if you plan to place your fence within 3 feet of your property line. This is called a Certificate of Compliance. These are simply needed to make sure builders are not interfering with neighboring property. Other certain cases however might also require a permit, for instance a fence over 6 feet in height.
It will be the responsibility of the fence installer to avoid damage to underground utility lines. If you are building the fence on your own you will have to contact Gopher State One to mark those locations on your lot. A company that handles your installation would be liable for possible damages, so they would call Gopher State One themselves to ensure everything is correct.
A property survey will only be required if your property lines are not clearly defined by property pins or your deed. If not, contact the Grant Zoning Administrator to get a survey to avoid encroaching on a neighbor’s property. A survey may even still be beneficial to reveal natural drainage or other wet areas that are challenging to build around.
Fences are a required safety feature for inground pools and may be the best option for above ground pools. All pools must have features which keep them inaccessible to children when they are not in use. These fences must be at least 4 feet tall. Gates will require self closing hinges and latches, they must also be capable of being locked when not in use.
Curb lots have a responsibility to contribute to traffic safety. When a lot abuts an intersection, a traffic visibility triangle is formed, which allows for proper vision of oncoming drivers and pedestrians. This area extends 100 feet down each road from the intersection. No structure can block vision in this area between 2.5 and 10 feet above the ground. Special consideration may need to be taken if your back lot line abuts your neighbor’s side lot line or vise versa.
The look of a newly installed fence is eye-catching and can add cohesiveness to a property. Before deciding on a fence, take into consideration fence regulations in Grant to ensure you are following all material and design rules.
Fences over 6 feet in height, or those within 3 feet of the property line, will require a permit. If your lot is within Grant’s 100 foot vision safety triangle of an intersection, no fence, hedging or wall can’t be higher than 2.5 feet.
If your back lot line is the same as a neighbor’s side lot line, your back fence may have to adhere to the side lot height restrictions. That is if your fence will be in front of their principal structure.
Design restrictions are limited in the City of Grant, there are not many rules to abide to with design. Typical types of hazardous materials are permitted in residential areas, such as any electrical fences or barbed wire. Solid walls over 4 feet are also prohibited.
When it comes to picking the perfect fence for your property there are many aspects you need to take into account; material, color, style, size, and texture. Material is very important, this will determine the lifespan of your fence. A material like metal is more durable than wood, and can produce a variety of ornamental style options. Consider also modern vinyl, which is both durable and can be made to imitate wood or create a more modern design.
In the technological age, most markets, including fencing, are moving to the internet, and consumers should do the same. Internet markets offer a wider variety of options for an even greater range of consumers. At a traditional marketplace, you could end up being forced to live with whatever options they have in stock.
Picking a fence that not only serves your needs, but follows all regulations will ensure you avoid fines and much wasted time. Certain guidelines for fence installation in Grant can be altered under special circumstances. Choose a durable fence that follows all city requirements to make your installation process smooth.
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 Grant community and choose a quality fence for a successful installation experience.
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