Fence Installation Contractors Hopkins, MN

Getting a Fence in Hopkins, MN

When deciding to install a fence, there are many regulations to follow that can vary city to city. Legal fence construction requires some research to understand and become knowledgeable in the process. This involves having an appropriate fence height and knowing the exact placement before jumping into the purchase.

Common questions asked about fence requirements should be reviewed prior to any fence installation in Hopkins.

Know Your Property

Property lines can depict exactly where your fence is allowed. Understanding where your land ends and neighbors’ begins can be the first step in ensuring your fence will not impede illegally on private property.

Where can I place my fence on my property?

Your fence should be constructed entirely within your property lines. It should not interfere with any neighboring property or natural water drainage areas. Fences built in the wrong location will have to be changed which will raise your costs.

Can I build my fence on an easement?

If there is an easement on your property it cannot be blocked. The city is not responsible for repair costs when damages occur to a structure which blocks an easement from its intended user. Easements will have to be included in plans for your design.

Do I need my property pins exposed?

Property pins are markers in the exact corners of your lot, connecting them with a straight line shows your exact property lines. Having your property pins exposed is required for Northland Fencing to ensure they only build within your property. If your property pins are missing or damaged they will be need to be replaced by a certified surveyor.

Know Your Neighborhood

When you devise a plan to install a fence in Hopkins, understand that there are rules associated with your particular neighborhood. Guidelines on neighbor construction notification are also relevant to keep your community on the same page.

Do I need to notify my neighbors when getting a fence?

Hopkins, MN does not require property owners to make neighbors aware of upcoming construction. It is, however, considered courteous to allow neighbors to voice their objections or design preferences, if they have any. Avoid possible conflicts with neighbors by informing them if you must enter their property to complete your fence.

What is the good neighbor rule and does it apply for my fence?

Following the good neighbor rule is the best way to prevent neighborly disputes. When it comes to your fence, this means finishing construction and maintenance in a timely fashion. If the fence is on the property line, both owners should do their share to keep the fence in good standing. Whether the fence is shared or not, both neighbors should do their best to prevent potential damage, even if they are prepared to pay for repairs.

Is your neighbor required to pay for a shared fence line?

Neighbors are only required share maintenance and repair costs in the case of a shared boundary fence. A fence solely on either property is only the responsibility of its owner. Neighbors should come to an agreement concerning the responsibilities that come with a shared fence, either at the time of construction or when a new neighbor moves in.

Are there any special requirements in your HOA, Covenants, Subdivision?

Start by finding out if your area has any special restrictions. Different homeowners associations can petition to have your fence changed if it does not meet their standards. Most HOA restrictions limit wild colors and strange designs.

Know The Details

Here you will find all of the extraneous question associated with the process of receiving a zoning permit and understanding precautions to take when contacting utilities or installing a fence safely around a swimming pool.

Do I need a fence permit in the city of Hopkins, MN?

A building permit is required for fence installation in Hopkins. The application can be found online. Once printed out and appropriately answered, it should be mailed or personally taken to City Hall accompanied by their ten dollar fee.

Who calls the utilities when installing my fence?

Utilities need to be contacted upon the decision to install a fence on your property. This is done by whoever is completing the construction. Northland Fence will call Gopher State One to ensure the fence will not disrupt any natural drainage or other utilities hidden below the ground.

Do I need a survey before installing a fence?

A survey is not required for your property before fence installation in Hopkins if you know the exact lines of your land. If you are unaware, a survey can help you make a successful plan of where to appropriately place the fence. Northland Fence has a Certified Surveyor on board that can evaluate your property once needed.

What are the requirements of installing a fence around a swimming pool (above ground and in ground)?

Pool fencing is a required safety measure for when the pool is not in use. Fences which enclose a swimming pool must be between 4 and 6 feet and be resistant to climbing. Self latching gates with springed hinges are necessary, as well as the ability to lock when the pool is closed.


I live on a corner lot. How far do I need to be away from the curb when installing a fence?

Corner lots include a traffic safety triangle, in which, no structure or hedge may be taller than 30 inches above the curb line. This triangle is measured 30 feet from the down each street from the intersection, these two points are then connected diagonally through the lot. This is required for the proper vision of oncoming drivers and pedestrians.

Know The Appearance

The materials a fence is made of and its height are subject to city construction regulations. Most of these standards are in place for safety, so they should not be taken lightly. In residential areas of Hopkins, it can be vital to contact your local subdivision to know if there are any additional guidelines for your specific neighborhood.

What is the height restrictions on a fence?

The maximum height allowance for a fence on a residential property in Hopkins is 6 feet. However, for fences located in front of the rear wall line of the house may only be a maximum of 4 feet. The same is true if the fence line is within 50 feet of the home on the neighboring property, in which case the rear wall line of their home may also limit your fence height. If your rear property line abuts a neighbors side yard, that fence will may also be limited to 4 feet if it is within 50 feet of the neighbor’s house. For homes located on a side street the 6 foot limit is allowed up to 40 feet away from the front property line.

Are there any design restrictions?

Residential fences in Hopkins are required to be at least 25% open space to allow a free flow of air and cut down on pressure from wind. An exception is allowed for lots that abut a state or county road, in this case a fence can be fully opaque. Fences should also have their finished side facing the public.

Potentially, or intentionally, dangerous designs, such as electric fences or those with sharp points, are restricted on residential lots.

How do I choose a fence?

First, examine what purpose the fence is going to serve. If you want seclusion to contain your pool, a vinyl privacy fence is a long-lasting option. It is also wise to know that the look and coloring of a fence can be deceiving to its durability. Classic cedar fencing can warp and in a season, become discolored.

It’s The Law

Do not underestimate the laws put in place for fence installation in Hopkins. It is necessary to examine the regulations to choose a fence that will not just compliment your property, but also follow the codes. Northland Fence can help guide you through the process and give you confidence in your decision.

It's the Law

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 Hopkins community and choose a quality fence for a successful installation experience.

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