Fence Installation Contractors Prior Lake, MN

Getting a Fence in Prior Lake, MN

When building a fence, there are particular rules that pertain to your exact city on all aspects of construction. Even the material and height have restrictions for fence installation in Prior Lake. Learn how to place the fence legally, and even how to approach neighbors by reading all commonly asked questions.

Know Your Property

The property limits that exist on your land need acknowledged for a proper fence layout. A disregard of property lines can lead to deconstruction of the fence, expensive relocation, and even hefty fines.

Do I need my property pins exposed?

Located at each corner of the lot are metal rods called property pins or stakes. These depict where your land is and will need to be exposed at the time of fence installation in Prior Lake. Northland Fence requires this so there is no question in whether the fence will be contained to your land.

Can I install a boundary fence?

Boundary fences can only be constructed when two neighbors are in full agreement over the building of a shared barrier. After the fence is perched, both need to care for it equally.

Can I build my fence on an easement?

It is not legal to build a fence on an easement without proper authorization. These can contain important city utilities that need accessed at any time. The Prior Lake City Engineer can provide approval to build your fence around an easement, but you will need documentation of the scenario.

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

All pools require a fence to restrict unauthorized access as a preventative measure for child safety. Pool fences must be at least 5 feet in height, with vertical rails to resist climbing. The design should have no gaps more than 4’ inches wide. Gates that access the pool area must be kept locked when the area is unsupervised. Self closing hinges and latches are essential safety measures, latches must also be a minimum of 4 feet from the ground. Pools cannot be filled until this safety fence is in place.

Where can I place my fence on the property?

A fence can be placed within the boundaries of your lot. It cannot go onto others (with a legal agreement,) and should not fall on Public property either. Fence height will also depict where the fence can go on your property. Do not dig without the layout of utilities underground on your property, because it is illegal to even block any natural drainage.

For lots with specialized, or irregular cases, call the Building Planning Division at (952) 447-9810.

Know Your Neighbors

The conflict surprise construction can cause in a neighbor is not worth staying quiet about the project. Keep all idea in the open and there could even be a chance to present the idea of a shared fence to another property owner.

Find out all additional requirements your covenant, subdivision, or HOA may require on the color scheme, material, or design of your fence.

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

Contact is not required by law when constructing a fence on your own lond. If you are hooking a fence to a neighbor’s or if you will be suing their land just during installation, their approval is necessary.

If your fence will reach the property line, it can be a beneficial idea to contact a neighbor about having a shared fence. This boundary fence could serve both of the property owner’s needs, but be half the cost of creating a fence on your own.

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

Having Fairly maintained property will make you a ‘good neighbor’ to those in your community. High standards for upkeep result in higher property values for all those near the land. Maintenance also reflects taking consideration for the safety of those who could come in contact with the fence, so it should be done in a timely manner.

Know The Details

Fence installation in Prior Lake is considered construction to the city, so it must follow approval guidelines and protocol. There will be paperwork, and even additional materials to accumulate before applying.

Do I need a fence permit?

A permit will always be required, but what type of permit will depend on your design. Fences over 7 feet require a building permit and those below 7 feet require a zoning permit. You will need to have a good understanding of your individual property and prospective fence before applying. This will mean obtaining a certificate of survey.

Who calls the utilities when installing my fence?

Before fence installation in Prior Lake, Northland Fence will take all steps toward marking underground utility lines. This will occur by contacting Gopher State One to obtain the appropriate information.

A self-installer should call Gopher State One before digging at (651) 454-8388.

Do I need a survey before installing a fence?

A survey will be required for any type of fencing application. Having a certified surveyor visit your property to create a site map is essential to discovering precise property line locations and measurements, natural variances on your property, and additional restrictions on your individual property.

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

Corner lots include sight triangle where no fence can be placed for traffic safety. The sight triangle is measured 50 feet down each street from the point where curb lines would meet and connected diagonally through the lot.

Know The Appearance

The design of your property can be brought to life by the addition of a stylish fence, but there are safety concerns to consider that are relevant to the design. Take these rules on appearance seriously for a thriving community.

What is the height restrictions on a fence?

Fences in the front setback must not exceed 4 feet in height and have additional design restrictions. Any fence behind the front setback of your home may be extended up to 6 feet. Fences are limited to 3 feet within a 25 foot sight triangle where driveways meet the road.

Are there any design restrictions?

Fences in the front setback of your property must be at least 50% open for the passage of light and air, but cannot be a chain link design. This limits front fences to more decorative designs. Design choices like color suggestion will be mostly available by contacting the local Homeowners Association. Other material restrictions are out of safety for residents of your neighborhood; such as: barbed-wire and electrical fences.

How do I choose a fence?

Know that the fence you choose will stand up to the harsh Minnesota weather and keep bringing security and beauty to the land for years after the fence installation in Prior Lake. The traditional cedar most wooden fences are composed of will warp and crack, but that can be avoided with replicated wood-grain vinyl fencing.

It’s The Law

Having a legal fence placed perfectly on your land is possible using all the knowledge of requirements and tasks to fulfill along the way. Northland Fence is a Top-Rated Fencing Company in Prior Lake that can guide you through multiple durable options and complete a knowledgeable installation.

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 Prior Lake community and choose a quality fence for a successful installation experience.

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