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Legal Height For Fence

A well-built fence is a wonderful addition to any property. Before you have one built, however, it’s important to know what the laws are when it comes to your property line and the height that is permitted. They say good fences make good neighbors, and that’s one of the main reasons restrictions are in place.

How happy would you be if your neighbor built a 20-foot fence between your properties? Not only would it block out the sun during the day, if it’s not built correctly, a strong breeze might also just blow too tall fences over. High fences in the front yard may inhibit the view of passing motorists, as well.

So before you start planning a fence, do a little research beforehand. Knowing the fence height restrictions before you start digging that first post hole can save you a lot of frustrations down the road. It also doesn’t hurt to give your neighbor a heads up.

Know the property line

Do you know the exact boundary line of your property? If you are unsure, you can contact your county or title company to get the records. Your local tax assessor’s office or property records department may also have a copy. It is essential that you are certain of your property line before fence installation takes place.

Talk to your neighbor

When a fence repair or installation is needed, notify your neighbor, if you have one. Discuss what kind of fence you are considering, or if a repair is needed, explain that in detail. Invite your neighbor into the conversation so they can be included in the process.

In the perfect situation, your neighbor will be excited about the project and offer to help with payment and the design. But even if that doesn’t happen, it’s important to make sure you and the neighbor are on the same page before you proceed.

Know the rules

Ensure you know what laws are in place in regard to height. Oftentimes, permits are required from your local city or county to build a fence. For example, in the city of Portland, if you are building a residential fence seven feet or less in height, no permit is required. If you need a fence higher than that, you’ll need a building permit and inspection.

Another example, in the city of Hillsboro, if you are building fences in a commercial, industrial, or institutional zone, the maximum height is six feet unless there is a building permit approved and in place.

Last, if you live in a neighborhood with a homeowner’s association, be sure you are up to date on what the total height regulations are in the neighborhood. It is imperative to do your research on what’s required and apply for the permit in advance of the installation date, so you can avoid any fines or delays.

Once you have everything in place, reach out to Pacific Fence & Wire. We will design-build your fence to exact specifications, following all rules and regulations set out by the HOA, city, or county. We will also provide direction on the best materials to use as well as features that will enhance the curb appeal of your home or the security of your business.

Experienced Professionals

For 100 years and several generations, Pacific Fence & Wire has been building privacy fences for the home, security perimeters around businesses, and safety barriers around ballfields and parks. From traditional chain link and cedar fences to highly decorative vinyl and wrought iron fences, there’s no style of fencing we aren’t familiar with.

Whether you’re a private citizen or are part of a public works department, we have you covered. Have a large project on the horizon? Make sure you go with someone that has experience in the field and is a trusted name in the community. Reach out to Pacific Fence & Wire and see how we can help.