A big mistake is to jump into fence installation in West St Paul without considering the regulations in place from the state, city, or even your local neighborhood. Start by reading each popular quandary about constructing a barrier. Keep fines and deconstruction of your fence far away from your project by taking a comprehensive overview of each restriction.
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 should I do if I live on a corner lot?
What is the height restrictions on a fence?
Are there any design restrictions?
How do I choose a fence?
Properties are going to differ from each other vastly, so the type of fence and where it can go will partially depend on the layout of your land, and if there is any public property nearby. Having a detailed sketch of the lot lines, in reference to your fence layout can save you time deciphering the potential location of the new structure.
Fence installation in West St Paul needs limited to the intended land owner’s property. That is why property pins must be located and uncovered before Northland fence performs any construction.
Locate these in the corners of the lot. They are metal, so a metal detecting device can pinpoint their exact whereabouts. Certified Surveyors are in charge of replacing them.
Shared fences on the property line between two neighbor are called boundary fences. These barriers are only legal when perched by an agreement between the two neighbors. Construction costs are split, and any further aftercare will be outlined in the compromise.
Fences are not permitted to block required use of an easement on or near your property. In the event a fence does interfere with work on an easement, removal or any damages will not be the responsibility of the intended user. It is not required, but advised, to avoid these areas or build around them.
Neighbors can join together to build a shared fence. The costs will be split and the fence can serve both their needs. Boundary fences cannot be built if both parties are not in agreement. Even if a fence is on the property line that neither has constructed, it still needs maintained by both parties.
Fences must be located entirely within the property boundaries of the owner. Fences may be placed up to the property line but not on it without a written agreement between neighbors. Areas such as public rights of way, natural water drainage and utility easements should not be closed off by your fence.
Keep all news of construction in the open, most will see this as a sign of respect and show you the same courtesy. Many specifications exist during certain fence installations in West St Paul that require permission to be granted from your neighbor for the new building endeavor.
Any building that is beyond the allowed setback from the property line is illegal, unless an agreed-upon boundary fence is installed. Accessing a neighbor’s land for construction will need approved by the owner of that land. Get their written consent if the new barrier will be hooked to an existing fence that does not belong to you.
Take good care of your property and you are sure to stay a ‘Good Neighbor.’ Keeping land and structures on it, like a fence, is vital in making the neighborhood visually-appealing and safe. Do your part in maintaining shared fences, as well.
A run-down fence that neither neighbor has built, but is on the shared property line, still needs cared for, or replaced, by both of these land owners.
When erecting a new boundary fence, know there is a process to go through, but both parties need to be in full agreement in the need and construction of the barrier.
Applying for building anything new on your land is necessary, but dependent on your fence and what it comes in contact with, there is extra protocol. Inspections could be needed, and if you do not know your land a Survey could be the the best approach in beginning to learn it well.
Property owners will need to receive a building permit in order to replace or construct a new fence. Permit applications require a site plan such as a plat, survey, or a county aerial shot that accurately reflects the lot dimensions, expected fence location and existing structures of the property. You will also need a building plan that describes the design and material of the fence.
The fence installer is responsible for avoiding damages to underground utility lines, as well as the costs of any repairs. Whether the installer is a contractor or the property owner, that person takes on that responsibility, and will need to contact Gopher State One to have these locations marked.
Property owners are required to define their property boundaries when plotting their fence location to ensure it does not encroach on neighboring property. The permit application will require some sort of site plan showing the projected fence location. A survey is not necessarily required but may be needed if property pins cannot be located. Northland Fence has a certified surveyor on staff to perform this task when needed.
A fence no less than 5 feet in height must completely surround the pool area as an additional safety measure. Gates accessing the area must be equipped with locks when not in use. All gates should also close on their own and have latches located at the top of the gate or in another location out of reach of children. The fence must also be of an impassable design, meaning it does not have any climbable footholds or any gaps greater than 4 inches.
Corner lot owners will have to consider the sight visibility triangle when plotting a fence location. No fences may be placed in a triangular area located at the intersection of curb lines, measured 30 feet along each curb and connected diagonally through the lot. This area is necessary to allow proper vision for drivers at the intersection.
Corner lot owners should know, each lot setback that abuts a road is considered a front yard, and will have to conform to those setback regulations. The maximum height allowance is limited to 4 feet. Fences will have to also match the setback requirements of the neighboring property setback.
Meet all of appearance standards by knowing the layout of your fence, and how tall you can have it in each area. Some materials can prove dangerous with any who come in contact with it, so do not build hazardously in residential areas.
Fences within the front yard setback of your home are limited to 4 feet. This area is located anywhere 5 feet from the front face of the primary structure. Behind this area, in side or rear lots, the maximum height allowance is increased to 6 feet.
Privacy fences are only permitted in the rear or side property, but in the front yard setback, fences must be at least 25% open space to allow the proper passage of light and air. West St Paul requires owners to use only construction grade material and structurally safe designs with all supports placed on the inside. Construction and maintenance should reflect proper craftsmanship. Dangerous or defensive designs are restricted, including electric or barbed wire designs.
What the fence will be needed for is the most important aspect. Use your ability for wise decision-making when it comes to large investment of a fence. Protect your purchase by purchasing a material that will stand the test of time and is not prone to discoloration. It is hard to keep a wooden fence up to standards, so it can be more cost (and time) efficient to go with a vinyl fence that can mimic the look of real wood.
Compile the necessary information, so you do not have to re-submit any application. Do not bypass the rules, because most are in place for the safety of the community. Whether you are performing a self-installation in West St Paul, or contracting Northland Fence for the job, a successful experience is the result of being knowledgeable using critical thinking when choosing an excellent and legal structure.
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 West St Paul community and choose a quality fence for a successful installation experience.
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