Fence Installation Contractors Princeton, MN

Getting a Fence in Princeton, MN

The similarities that exist between fencing regulations across the state does not mean you do should not acknowledge the rules particular to your city. Fence installation in Princeton can be less stressful when all restrictions are acknowledged and abided by.

Know Your Property

The little difference between each property makes it it vital to understand what your particular land contains. Property lines depict the layout of the lot, but there are also hidden utility line running underground.

Do I need my property pins exposed?

Property pins should not be altered when you are uncovering them, it is illegal in Minnesota. If the metal stakes are missing, they can be replaced by a Certified Surveyor. Have all markers fully visible before Northland Fence begins the fence installation in Princeton.

Can I build my fence on an easement?

Princeton does allow property owners to build a fence on a utility easement, however it may be removed at the owners expense if it interferes with work at the location. Another option is to build around the easement while still leaving it accessible if necessary to avoid hassle.

Where can I place my fence on the property?

Prospective fence owners are responsible for accurately locating property lines prior to building. Your fence must be built at least 2 feet in from the property lines. Fences may be placed closer to the property lines if the owner shows proof of their exact location. This may be done by employing a certified surveyor for certificate of survey or locating property pins. This can also be bypassed if neighboring property owners sign a Property Line Fence Location Agreement.

Know Your Neighbors

Having the intention to construct a fence should always be revealed to surrounding neighbors to have a happier community that is aware of all additions to the neighborhood. If you are worried about impeding on another’s land, or are unsure of exact protocols, additional help could be available through your local HOA.

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

If you plan to construct a fence on your land, and not tredd onto others, then it is only your business. However, the suggestion to always give light to your intentions of adding structures in a community can diffuse any future resentment from a surprised neighbor.

Always get neighbor permission if you are hooking a fence to their existing barrier.

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

Neighbors are only required to pay for construction of a fence if they have agreed and signed a Property Line Fence Location Agreement, prior to construction. This agreement will need to cover future responsibilities including maintenance, labor, and costs. The agreement should be reviewed and updated when a new neighbor moves into either property to avoid disputes.

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

Keeping your land beautiful and safe will make you become a ‘Good Neighbor.’ Use the opportunity of a new fence installation to keep this a theme on all your property. Do speedy maintenance on your fence. If it is shared with a neighbor, do all work in tandem with both parties fully aware of everything going on with the fence.

Know The Details

There is some paperwork and exact guidelines to complete when applying to the city to build your barrier. The materials you’ll need at the time of application may need some time to execute as well. Handle the matters of safety with exactitude; such as, traffic visibility concerns and swimming pool containment.

Do I need a fence permit?

Fencing Permits are required to build a fence in a residential area. Have the application ready with appropriate documentation. A detailed fencing plan is needed, that will show the property lines, any existing structures, and where you intend to have the new addition placed.

The application will ask for how tall your fence will be and what it will be made of.

Who calls the utilities when installing my fence?

Northland Fence will call Gopher State One, use the locational information received, and mark all spots to avoid during construction. If you are self-installing the fence you are required to make this contact and protect the utilities from be disrupted.

Do I need a survey before installing a fence?

A survey is not always required, but may be if property lines cannot be clearly defined. The city can provide a site map or survey if one is already on file, otherwise it is the owners responsibility to obtain exact measurements, if they want to build within 2 feet of the property line. Having a certified surveyor visit your property is the best way to get a precise site map and discover the individual variances of your property.

What should I do if I live on a corner lot?

Property owners on corner lots must adhere to additional restrictions to allow for traffic safety. A triangle, measured 20 feet down each property line from the property corner which abuts an intersection, is a Clear View Area. In this area a fence may only reach a maximum of 3 feet to provide adequate vision for approaching drivers. Keep in mind the property corner is not usually the same as the street corner.

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

All pools require a fence surrounding it on all sides for protection when the area is unsupervised. This fence must be at least 4 feet high and capable of locking when not in use. All gates should have self closing and self latching mechanisms installed. Your fence will need to be completed before the pool can be filled.

Know The Appearance

The exact height of your fence and the different material it is made of is needed in your permit application because of the restrictions placed on the look of the structure. These will protect those who could come in contact with the fence.

What is the height restrictions on a fence?

Fences in the front setback of your property and those along property lines that abut a street, or a neighbors front setback, should not exceed 42 inches. Fences on corner lots will need to be reduced to 3 feet in the Clear View Area. For all other fences, the maximum height allowance is 6 feet.

Are there any design restrictions?

All fences should be constructed in a reasonably workmanlike manner with durable all weather materials such as brick, finished wood, vinyl, or metal. Any fence that fully encloses an area will need at least one gate or access point. The more attractive, or finished, side of the fence should also face the public. No fence should pose a threat to neighboring properties and should therefore be kept reasonably maintained. This also means electrical fences and those with sharp edges or barbed wire are restricted in residential areas.

How do I choose a fence?

Locate where you’d like the fence to go, and what it will do to improve your life, liven your property, or even sever a particular need. Even if you are securing an area out of necessity, you can always choose a stylish option that can contain your beloved pets. Durable alternatives to wood fencing exist and can save money overtime. Vinyl privacy fencing can give the appearance of wood, but have double the life-span.

It’s The Law

Find a excellent addition to your home, but one that also follows all regulations for fence installation in Princeton. Before jumping into construction make knowledgeable choices and look for a fencing company in Princeton, like Northland Fence, that is dedicated to its customers through all stages of fence development.

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

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