Fence Installation Contractors Oak Park Heights, MN

Getting a Fence in Oak Park Heights, MN

Cities will have varying standards placed on the construction of a fence. Find the rules relevant to fence installation in Oak Park Heights below to avoid any surprises along the way. Choosing a color and design is important, but there is a lot of work to be done before completing this choice.

Know Your Property

The area you can safely and legally place your fence will rely on where your property is and what it contains. Property lines can be found in deeds, or by contacting city hall. Neighbors could have knowledge of their property and that could reveal a lot about your own. If you must have official proof of your property lines, a Certified Surveyor could be of aid.

Do I need my property pins exposed?

You must have all property pins uncovered before Northland Fence performs the fence installation in Oak Park Heights. This precaution is to make sure no fence impedes on another’s property.

Property stakes are metal rods inserted below ground at all corners of a lot.

Can I build my fence on an easement?

Fences cannot block public easements. These may need accessed by utility companies or the city at any time. If you surround an easement, make sure it can be gotten to or the city has the right to remove the fence.

Where can I place my fence on the property?

A fence can be placed anywhere on your property, at least 5-feet from the property line (being closer or on the line is [possible with neighbor agreement.) It cannot disturb underground utilities, or natural drainage, and cannot block public easements.

Know Your Neighbors

Consider the cohesiveness of a neighborhood-whether in appearance or attitude. The personalities within a community can cause enough drama, you do not want an unwanted fence to ignite any more. Take all neighbor-related laws into account before breaking ground.

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

When a fence is on your property, contact does not have to be established. Think of the positives of still letting neighbors in on your plans. There could even be discussion of a boundary fence which could lead to shared costs and maintenance. To have no contact, make sure the fence is at least 5 feet from the property line.

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

Take care of your property and you will be considered a ‘good neighbor.’ Having high standards for the maintenance on your property will not only increase your property value, but the value of the entire neighborhood. Safety is also important in having sturdy and functioning barriers which will not harm anyone around them.

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

Individual property owners are solely responsible for maintenance of their own property features. Neighbors only share ownership and maintenance responsibilities in the case of a boundary fence placed directly on the property line. An agreement will need to be made between neighbors before a boundary fence can be built.

Know The Details

The official paperwork and procedures that comes with fence installation in Oak Park Heights need understood, so all fees are appropriately paid. If you have special circumstances to your land, you may need additional supportive information for construction.

Do I need a fence permit?

A permit is required for any fence over 4-feet tall. For a fence 4-6 feet tall, you will require a zoning permit. A fence over six-feet needs a building permit. With these applications a fence layout plan will need submitted and there will be a fee. Find the application online and bring the completed form to City Hall for reviewal.

Keep in mind that if you do not start construction within 180 days of your permit application being approved, it is voided and you’ll have to reapply.

Who calls the utilities when installing my fence?

Northland Fence takes the responsibility of marking all underground utilities with the information obtained by contacting Gopher State One.

If the installation is being done without the help of a fencing company in Oak Park Heights, you must contact the utility companies to be sure no underground lines will be disrupted during construction.

Do I need a survey before installing a fence?

A certified survey of your land does need to accompany your permit application. If you are not sure of where your property ends, it is helpful to learn this information before improperly placing the structure.

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

Pools need to have a surrounding fence at least 4-feet tall to protect it from unauthorized entry. Also, for safety reasons there cannot be any gaps in the fence (whether paneling or spacing from the ground to the fence) more than 4 inches tall. Gates must stay locked at all times. Lastly, to protect against climbing, the finished side of the fence should face outwards.

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

In the instance of a corner lot, both lot lines that abut roads are treated as a front yard setback and must adhere to those regulations. Your fence should not be built in such a way that it blocks reasonable vision for drivers approaching the intersection.

Know The Appearance

The very look of a fence can complete the aesthetic of your residence. This can too be regulated by state, city, and HOA codes. When you have a clear picture of what the fence is expected to look like, look for a fence that will meet these expectations, but also serve all the needs you require from a fence.

What is the height restrictions on a fence?

For fences within 10 feet of a neighboring property or public road, the maximum height allowance is 7 feet. In the front setback of your yard the maximum height allowance is reduced to 4 feet. Fences that are adjacent to navigable water may also only reach up to 4 feet.

Are there any design restrictions?

Oak Park Heights requires fence owners to build their fence in such a way that the finished side faces the public and supports or braces are located on the inside. Both sides however should be kept reasonably maintained.

In residential districts, dangerous or defensive designs, such as those that are electrically charged or use sharp points like barbed wire, are strictly prohibited.

How do I choose a fence?

Begin your fence selection by knowing what you need the fence to do for your land, or lifestyle. If you’re longing for a swimming pool, vinyl privacy fences can fully seclude the area. Keeping an animal secured could lead you to a black chain link fence. After knowing the use, keep durability at the top of your checklist.

And always know what colorings will compliment your land properly. Some big box stores will only have aminimal selection, so it is better to find a specialized fencing company in Oak Park Heights that will have a wide variety of materials and styles.

It’s The Law

All fence restriction are in place for specific reasons, like safety and overall appearance. Knowing all of the expectations beforehand make them easier to meet, and even after the fence installation in Oak Park Heights, you will be better prepared to properly perform regular maintenance.

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

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