It is no secret that residents of the Northwest take great pride in where they live and try to make the Northwest one of the best places to live in the country.  One of the ways that the people who live in the northwest improve their properties is by putting up decorative but functional fences. Regardless of the community you live in, there are laws and rules that you have to follow when installing a new fence. The rules are created to make the community safer and prevent homeowners from creating dangerous situations. Prior to building your fence, you should become familiar with the basic rules regulations of the city you live in.

Depending on where you live, the height of your fence affects whether or not you need prior approval. When a city inspector measures a fence, they do so from the base of the fence posts to the top of the fence. If your project requires any kind of fence that is less than six feet tall, then you typically do not need to get a building permit nor do you need to get zoning approval. However, if your fence is taller than six feet, then you must submit your plans to the zoning board and then get a building permit before you begin construction. Failure to get the proper certification for your project will result in the stoppage of work and possible fines.

The setback requirement of a fence installation means how many feet the fence is set back from your actual property boundary. To establish whether or not your project meets the setback rules of your region, you need to get a professional survey done of your property and establish where the fence will go. Different parts of the cities usually have different setback laws so be sure to fully understand which rules are applicable to you. The best course of action is to get your survey done and then go to the zoning department to find out where you can put your fence. You may not need a permit for fences under six feet, but almost all fences built must follow the setback regulations.

Always be aware of the other regulations that affect your project. For example, if your fence is over eight feet tall, then it needs to be able to resist winds of certain speeds. It is best to review your plans with the city zoning board to make sure your fence meets all of the laws put in place.