Your dream residence could have a particular style you long for, and finding a fence to complete the design can be tempting. Do not jump into a purchase without knowing the expectations for fences placed by the state, city, and your neighborhood.
A fence installation in Stillwater can be completed confidently once you are fully knowledgeable on all terms and what processes lie ahead.
Do I need my property pins exposed?
Can I install a boundary fence?
Can I build my fence on an easement?
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?
Is your neighbor required to pay for a sharing fence line?
Are there any special requirements in your HOA, Covenants, Subdivision?
Do I need a fence permit?
Who calls the utilities when installing my fence?
Do I need a survey before installing a fence?
What is the height restrictions on a fence?
Are there any design restrictions?
How do I choose a fence?
Placing a fence anywhere on your property will create problems down the line. There could be specific distances you must be from the property lines, and these boundaries depict the layout of a prospective barrier. If these are unknown, seek aid in finding out more about your exact plot.
Metal property pins in each corner of the lot need fully exposed for fence installation in Stillwater. Northland Fence asks this of customers, and so will most fencing companies in Stillwater. If your land has special circumstances, the city may even ask these be shown for an inspection of your land and intended fence.
Fences should not be built on, or in a location that blocks access to, a required easement. A fence may be built near an easement as long as it does not interfere with authorized use. Damage caused to a fence due to proper use of an easement will be at the expense of the owner.
A boundary fence can be beneficial for all parties involved. Before any shared fence installation in St Anthony, always have an agreement with the other property owner. There must be an agreement for any of the costs to be shared. The joint ownership does not end after the fence is perched. Always think of the maintenance that comes afterward.
Prospective fence owners may build their fence on the property line, as long as the posts or footings are located on the individual owners property. No fence should block water drainage, public rights of way, traffic visibility or access to an easement.
State guidelines and city codes need followed, but there could be further rules laid out by Homeowner Associations which depict the standards to keeping the neighborhood visually attractive. Neighbor approval is needed at some points during new construction, as well.
Neighbors need to approve any construction that is too close to the property line, or even if the fence falls onto it. If the fence installer will need to access a different property owner’s land for the building, permission is also needed. Written consent is required if a fence will be hooked to an pre-existing fence.
The good neighbor rule will apply to your fence. And structures on your property need proper attention, so they stay in beautiful share. The sturdiness of a fence also shows its safety. Cracked and chipping fences (a common downfall of wooden fences in Minnesota weather) can lead to harming those who may come into contact with it.
When a boundary fence is a mutual decision, sharing the costs is essential. This must be decided by both parties. If you would like a shared fence, placed directly on the property line, your neighbor must have need for this barrier as well. If not, it is illegal to build without their approval.
When fences are left dilapidated on property lines, that neither land owner built, they both have the responsibility to care for, or even replace, it.
Because of poor research, many property owners end up in the middle of the fence installation process without information on how to obtain permission to construct from the city. Additional documents may be needed, and the variance of your land could vary your process slightly from others.
A permit will be required in order to replace an existing fence or build a new one. The permit application is a project plan that accurately describes the location and design details. This will also require a certificate of survey or another site plan that shows all existing property details and uses exact measurements using property pins. If you plan to build up to your property line, you may also need a neighbor’s signature on the application.
During construction, if any harm comes to underground utilities, the installer will be responsible. This is why it is their responsibility to contact Gopher State One. Northland Fence gets the locational information from Gopher and will mark areas to avoid. Self-installers must do this task themselves.
A fence permit application requires an accurate site plan but not necessarily a certified survey. However, having a certified surveyor visit your property is the best way to ensure a precise site plan. A surveyor may be required to replace property pins that are missing or broken or property lines can not otherwise be confirmed.
Corner lot owners should take note of the required traffic sight visibility triangle when planning a fence location. In this area the maximum height allowance for your fence is reduced to 3 feet to allow proper sight lines drivers approaching the intersection. This triangle is measured 45 feet along each curb line from the intersection and connected diagonally through the lot.
Restrictions are also placed on how the fence needs to look. This does mean aftercare and maintenance, but also simply how tall the fence can be, or the material made to make it. Safety concerns drive these rules, and by knowing them you can avoid being a danger to the community.
The maximum height allowance for a fence along rear or side lot lines is 6 feet. For fences within the front yard setback, or along a lot line that abuts a road or a neighbors front setback, the maximum height allowance is reduced to 42 inches.
All fences are required to be constructed and maintained to a standard that is both safe and visually pleasing. This requirement also demands the use of sturdy construction worthy materials. The structural side of your fence is required to be on the inside of the fence, with the finished side facing the nearest neighboring property. Dangerous designs such as electric or barbed wire fences are restricted in residential areas for safety reasons. Chain link designs with a barbed edge are permitted, provided the barbed edge is on the bottom pointed towards the ground.
Choosing a fence is not as simple as finding a color, or style you’d like. Compare the prospective structure to all of the appearance rules, and know the difference in restrictions dependent on the area you are placing it. Durable materials can help you follow maintenance laws with low costs. Since wood is known for its distortion is small amounts of time, vinyl has become a prevalent choice for those considering fence installation in Stillwater.
Vinyl can pass city codes and comes in designs to protect and beautify properties.
The stress of being in the middle of the fence installation process and encountering unknown rules can be overpowering. The only way to solve this is by increasing the knowledge you have of regulations. Northland Fence is a top-rated fencing company in Stillwater that can help protect you from fear of fence deconstruction and complete a competent and stylish installation.
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 Stillwater community and choose a quality fence for a successful installation experience.
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