With each construction of a fence, there are specific rules for that property owner to follow. The fence regulations in Hugo are not limited to where you can place the fence, but also what height it can reach, and certain public (or private) property it cannot interfere with.
Some situations call for the installation of a fence and no matter what hurry you’re in to get construction started, verse yourself on the commonly asked question to understand exactly what the path ahead contains.
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 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?
Your property has limits and it is important for construction to remain within those limits. Improper placement can lead to fines or forced relocation of the fence. It may also be illegal to build on certain parts of your property, if they are regulated. A certified surveyor can provide a detailed plot of your property.
Property pins, located at the precise corners of your property, mark your exact lot lines. Installation companies will request your property pins be exposed to make your borders clear. A certified surveyor will be have to replace your property pins if they are missing or damaged.
Neighbors will have to agree before building a boundary fence on top of the property line. Boundary fences are considered shared property of the neighboring owners. In this case, both parties will be responsible for the well being of the fence.
It is illegal to build a fence that denies access to an easement. If a fence is blocking an easement, the intended user will not be responsible for damages that may occur. Easements include public sidewalks or city electrical and sewer access. An easement, such as a telephone pole, can however, be surrounded by three walls to block it from view, as long as it is still accessible.
All pools require a secure fence surrounding the water as an added safety measure for children. This fence must be between 4 and 6 feet and resistant to climbing. Any gates that access the pool area will have to be capable of closing and latching automatically. Gates must also be kept locked when the pool is not in use. Be sure this fence allows 4 feet of clearance around the edge of the water for passage.
You may build your fence up to your property line, or on the property line if neighbors agree to a boundary fence. You cannot place your fence on wetlands or in a place that blocks natural drainage or an easement. It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure the fence is placed properly.
While neighbors have no influence on what happens on your property, building a fence that causes conflict between neighbors can cause an uncomfortable living situation. The best way prevent a neighborly dispute is by stopping it before it begins. If you feel you may need to, consult your neighbors before carrying out construction.
You are not legally required to inform your neighbors of your plans for a fence. However, notifying a neighbor before entering their property to complete construction will help prevent disputes. A neighbor may have helpful advice or design insight, they may even offer to share costs for a boundary fence or influence on the style.
The good neighbor rule concerns keeping your property fairly maintained, including your fence. Shared and personal fences should be kept maintained and repaired in a timely manner by the responsible party. Neighbors should avoid activities that pose a threat to any kind of fence, even if they are prepared to pay for repairs.
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.
A fencing permit is not required. It is, however, required to submit a fence plan to the city Building Office. This will show your intent of placement of the fence, but is simpler to complete than a zoning permit application.
Careful examination of utilities will need done to make sure the fence does not interfere with vital drainage or other private lines. Before fence installation, Northland Fence will take the necessary steps of contacting Gopher State One. If you are self-installing, they can be easily reached at (651) 454-8388.
A survey is not required by the City of Hugo. It is heavily suggested, but must be done privately since the city does not have staffed surveyors. Northland Fence has a Certified Surveyor on their team who can efficiently evaluate your land.
The city of Hugo considers a corner lot to have two front lot lines and two side lot lines, but no rear lot line. The lot lines that abut intersecting streets are both front lot lines where the maximum height allowance is 4 feet. Additionally, no fence should be built within a 20 foot triangle formed at the corner to allow proper vision for vehicles or pedestrians approaching the intersection.
The addition of a fence is exciting for the design of your property. Whether you are choosing an ornamental metal fence for it’s lifespan and classy style, or a vinyl privacy fence to drown out noise from neighbors, there are restrictions to understand that may affect the design.
The maximum height allowance for a fence in Hugo is 8 feet, but this is only on the back or side of your property with a setback of at least 6 feet from the property lines. The same area will allow a 6 foot fence up to the property line. Any fence built before the front line of your home has a maximum height of only 4 feet.
No design restrictions are placed on residential fences in Hugo. There are common standards that prohibit hazardous materials such as barbed wire. Other than that, any material regulations, or even coloring suggestions, will be more relevant to your exact neighborhood or covenant.
The first step in choosing a fence is commiting to exactly what you will use it for. Consider different materials and how they will stand up to the harsher Minnesota seasons. Classic cedar fencing can become discolored and warped with time, but modern vinyl fencing can have five-times the lifetime with a clean style. Some vinyl fencing even mimics the texture of wood.
When examining its function, keep all of the city rules at hand to make a smart decision that will add value to your land, and also be durable enough to last.
Before any fence installation is begun, know all of the important requirements for all aspects of its design. This will make the entire process much easier if you are confident that you will not be facing fines in the future. Having a top-rated company like Northland Fence guide you through all the different protocols and even help if you have special circumstances that need considered.
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 Hugo community and choose a quality fence for a successful installation experience.
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