Fence Installation Contractors Independence, MN

Getting a Fence in Independence, MN

To simply pick a fence you like and begin construction is not advisable if you do not know the building regulations for Independence. Many fencing requirements follow safety guidelines, so it is in the best interest of the entire neighborhood for you to meet all standards.

By understanding the prior questions people have asked pertaining to fence installation, you can make a confident decision and find a fence perfect for your property that also follows all rules.

Know Your Property

The layout of your property can be confusing if you do not have any physical markers. There are many ways to see the lines of your property through locating property pins, copies of your deed, or even finding the aid of a Surveyor.

Do I need my property pins exposed?

Property pins are used to mark the exact corners of your property and define your boundary lines when attached with a straight line. Installation companies are not used to your property, they will require pins to be exposed to be sure the fence remains fully within your property. Missing or broken pins will need replaced.

Can I build my fence on an easement?

It is illegal to build a fence that blocks an easement. Easements are in place to allow access by an intended user, including telephone poles or public sidewalks. Damages caused to a fence blocking an easement will be the sole responsibility of the owner.

Where can I place my fence on the property?

A fence on your property may be built up to the property line, except in the case of of a corner lot where a traffic safety triangle where no fence can be built obstruct vision. A fence on your property can in no way interfere with neighboring properties. If an agreement is made between neighbors a fence can be placed on top of the property line and neighbors will share ownership.

Know Your Neighborhood

Keeping fence construction from your neighbors can be more than rude. In certain cases this lack of communication can even be illegal. Also, there are rules specific to certain subdivision you may need to be aware of.

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

Additions to your property is your business, so you are not required inform neighbors of changes. However, you should notify a neighbor if you will have to enter their property during construction. It is also considered courteous to allow your neighbor to voice any objections they might have, even if you disagree, you may come to a happy compromise.

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

The good neighbor rule is simple, take care of your property and treat your neighbor’s property the way you would like them to. In the case of a shared or a private fence, timely maintenance is a part of responsible community member. Both neighbors should refrain from posing a threat to a fence, shared or not, even if they plan to cover damages.

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

Your neighbor only has shared responsibility of the fence in the case of a boundary fence, built precisely on the property line. If a fence is on either side the only the owner is fully responsible for construction and maintenance. If you share a boundary fence with a neighbor, you should come to an agreement on future labor and costs before it becomes an issue.

Know The Details

Once you decide on where to place your fence, there are still technical issues to consider. There may be an application required that tells of your fencing plan. Contact City Hall if you have special circumstances that may need considered.

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

Independence does not require a permit for a fence 6 feet or less in height. Fences taller than 6 feet however will require one. Since there is no permit, it will be your own responsibility to ensure your fence is placed within your property and all safety guidelines are followed.

Who calls the utilities when installing my fence?

Underground utility lines on your property will need to be avoided. Whoever is in charge of installation will be responsible for repairs in the event of damages. An installation company would be liable and would therefore take it upon themselves to have utilities located to avoid damage.

Do I need a survey before installing a fence?

A property survey is not a required but should be considered in order to get a good idea of your property’s variances. Northland Fence has a certified surveyor on retainer to evaluate your property if needed. This will identify exact boundaries and areas such as natural water drainage or easements, which are illegal to block.

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

Pools are required to be completely surrounded by a safety fence at least 4 feet in height. All gates and entrances should close and latch automatically. The latch itself should be capable of locking and no less than 4 feet from the ground, out of reach of small children. The bottom of the fence should be no more than 3 inches from the ground. Any other gaps in the design should not be possible to squeeze through.

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

Independence restricts fences within a traffic safety triangle formed at the intersection. The traffic safety triangle is measured 25 feet down each road from the intersection, these points are then connected by a diagonal line through the abutting lot. This is to provide adequate vision of the intersection for approaching travelers.

Know The Appearance

Planning ahead is important, you will need to have a good idea of where you fence will be placed and what it will look like before starting construction. Consider what function you want the fence to serve, privacy, style, or something else. Review the restrictions that may influence your style. Then work to find the perfect design to match your property.

What is the height restrictions on a fence?

Fences in front of the primary structure cannot exceed a height of 36 inches and must be at least 50% empty space, such as a chain link of picket fence, to allow the passage of light and air. For side and rear property lines the maximum height is 6 feet without a permit, or up to 8 feet with a permit.

Are there any design restrictions?

Most design restrictions are due to safety concerns. Electric fences and those that have sharp points, like barbed wire or certain types of chain link, are prohibited in residential districts. If your fence has a finished side, it should be faced towards the public, this makes it more resistant to climbing.

How do I choose a fence?

Choosing the perfect fence can be fun but is still an important responsibility. The right fence can add value to your property so you will want to choose a quality product. Modern vinyl has a longer lifespan than a traditional cedar fence. Designers have even created impressive wood replications from vinyl, if that is your favorite style. Ornamental metals also offer individual styles that can add a classic feel to your property. Additionally, by making use of the internet, you can expand your design options almost infinitely. Do not get stuck with limited the options available at a traditional store.

It’s The Law

The protocols for fence installation in Independence needs to be examined prior to building a fence. Breaking these regulations can result in fines and even the force deconstruction of the fence. To keep fluent in all matters, Northland Fence has a knowledgeable and professional staff to guide you through the process.

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

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