Your property can be given an edge with the addition of a stylish fence, but there are expectations for this barrier to meet. Be fully confident in your fence installation in Waconia by laying out all of the standards and different step until you can finally break ground.
Preparing with some common questions and their answers is a way to shield yourself from breaking unknown rules.
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?
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?
A fence layout can be sketched or done in person, but one thing is for sure-this is impossible without knowing your property well. There are rules pertaining to land close to public property, and any fence installation in Waconia will need to follow all rules on land lines.
Having all of the property pins exposed is vital to show the path of construction will not impede on other private property, or even city land. Northland Fence and other fencing companies in Waconia will suggest this, and Northland Fence has a Certified Surveyor on board to evaluate land and replace any missing pins.
Placing a fence on an easement will be a risk on the part of the owner. If proper work cannot be done on a utility easement when needed because of a fence, removal or repairs will be at the expense of the owner.
A boundary fence may be built directly on the property line but only if neighboring property owners sign an agreement allowing the structure. Otherwise fences must be within the boundaries of their owner.
Fences may be placed anywhere on your property up to the property line. In order to build directly on the property line you will need your neighbor’s signature authorizing permission. Fences should never block public rights of way or natural water drainage. Building on a utility easement is allowed, but this is done at the owners risk because it may be damaged when the easement is used.
Construction plans, no matter where you live, should always be kept in the open for a cohesive neighborhood. In Waconia it is even more important to understand t6he rules pertaining to neighbour contact.
Waconia requires potential fence owners to notify neighbors of their fence at least 5 days before the permit is issued. You wont need your neighbors signature unless you plan to build directly on the property line, so this can be done my mail, but is still best done in person. A neighbor may be willing to contribute to costs for a say in design or placement, but is not required to.
Being a ‘Good Neighbor’ will include maintaining all of your property, including a fence. Shared fences will also need cared for accordingly by both owners.
When your property shines, the entire neighborhood does. A dilapidated fence is more than an appearance issue,m but can be hazardous to any pedestrians.
The agreement to build a boundary fence on a shared property line must be completed by both parties out of need of the structure. One party cannot erect a shared fence and ask for payment on the barrier. Fences that exist and were not constructed by either adjoining owner still needs maintained or rebuilt by them both.
The many different processes that exist for adding structures to your property need sorted through when preparing for fence installation in Waconia. There could be additional documentation that is required when applying for approval from the city.
Fencing permits are required for all fences, except for those used to enclose gardens or garbage cans, or dog kennels encompassing an area 50 square feet or less. Permits will require two copies of a site plan which use accurate measurements to indicate the lot dimensions, the area of existing structures or significant foliage, and the proposed fence location. You will also need two accurate depictions of the fence design which includes information on material and method of installation being used.
Fence installers will be liable for damages, that may occur during construction, to underground utility lines. The installer, whether it is a contractor or the property owner, will be required to contact Gopher State One in order to have these locations properly marked. This should be done early in the planning process in order to adjust post locations as needed.
Your building permit will require a detailed site plan, but this does not necessarily have to be a certificate of survey, though they are prefered. Property owners may be able to use and past survey if there is one on file, or even request to have an aerial photo taken and used as a site plan. Owners can even hand draw their own site plan as long as it is done using accurate measurements and property pins. Utilizing the help of a certified surveyor however is the best way to create a truly accurate site plan.
Corner lot owners need to be aware of the triangular vision area formed at the intersection of any two rows. This vision triangle’s 3 points are located at the intersection and 40 feet down either curb line. In this area no structure may exceed 30 inches. This is a safety measure for drivers approaching the intersection.
Styles of fences are based on their use. Get a look that will serve your property well, but also made of a material that can do the job for a long time. The city will regulate the appearance standards that do with height and material, which reflects safety.
Front yard fences can be 4 feet tall or lower, but backyard fences can be 6 feet or lower. Inner side lot fences cannot be over 6 feet tall as well.
All fences are required to be constructed to a safe and aesthetically pleasing condition. Regular maintenance is also demanded to keep it in that same condition. Supports should always be on the inner side and the finished side should always face the neighboring property. Durable weather resistant materials are a construction must and are the only designs that will be accepted. Potentially harmful designs such as electric, barbed wire, or hog wire fences as well as temporary fencing will not be permitted.
The use the fence will serve is most important, find a design that works well with the land, but can follow every standard for fence installation in Waconia. Bring security with a fully paneled vinyl privacy fence. These come in many designs, even some will match wood grain and color, but they will not fall subject to warping, discoloration, or cracking. It can even successfully house your swimming area.
All of the expectations placed upon a fence need to be acknowledge before the final leap into the large investment of a fence. Fines can be avoided and the chances of being forced to relocate your fence will be exceedingly lower by knowing all of this information.
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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 Waconia community and choose a quality fence for a successful installation experience.
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