Always check the local codes before building a fence.
Before even digging a hole to sink a fence post into, you should know the laws for your district.
Being on the right side of the law can save you time, money, and a lot of legal trouble. Bad fences make for bad neighbors, and you do not want a lifetime of feuding with others on the block. We get a lot of people at Fence Supply Online who build without checking. Inevitably they are back to us within weeks looking for a change in style, height, or material from the original project.
The subject came up over lunch recently. We drew up a list of local codes which can catch people when sinking fence posts. A couple of them managed to surprise us too.
A list of the top local fence post codes people should know about includes:
- Call 811 before you dig
- Depth is another requirement
- Post size and spacing in local fence post codes
- Local fence post codes for land bordering public property
- Do you set the fence posts in concrete, or not?
- Local Home Owner Association bylaws
Let’s tale a closer look at these codes.
Call 811 before you dig
This is one law which we should always follow, before you even break ground.
Calling 811 will tell you what utilities lie beneath the dirt.
The law requires you to do so 48 hours before you plan to dig.
If you do not obey this law, you may end up in court.
An even more serious consideration is your personal safety.
Always call 811.
Depth is another local fence post code
This was a code which some of our people were unsure of when it comes to fencing.
Depending on where you are building the fence, you may have to observe different depth requirements.
Most areas require a depth of at least two feet, but this will change with height. We recommend at least one-third of a post should be below ground. In colder areas you will need to go below the frost line.
Check with local officials, as their knowledge of your district will be excellent.
Post size and spacing in local fence post codes
These are rules which tend to follow common sense and are the same for most districts.
You will need posts of a specific size to support a fence of a particular height. 4 x 4 posts are usually the standard for fences going to six feet or above.
It can be the same for spacing where the guideline is to not go over 6 feet apart for higher fences.
Following these codes will make your fence secure and durable during all types of weather.
Local fence post codes for land bordering public property
This is a rule which catches many people and also is one that can differ from district to district.
Your local council may not allow a fence of a specific material to border its land. They may also have rules on height and opacity.
Style, design, and material can be crucial considerations for border fences.
Call your local authority and ask for guidance before sinking a post.
Do you set the fence posts in concrete, or not?
When you get the right size and material comes to time for digging. Follow the rules on depth and width, and you are almost home.
What do you set the post in, however, can be a tricky question. The standard in many districts is concrete though it may not be a fixed law.
We have videos to show you how to set a fence post in concrete.
Ask for guidance, and see what is best for your fence posts.
Local Home Owner Association bylaws
Now we are getting into the area where many fences fall foul of unseen problems.
Your local HOA is a powerful organization, and they strictly enforce the bylaws they enact.
Typical HOA bylaws can cover fence color, style height, and material. One of our clients put up a picket fence only to find that it had to be white, not the pale blue they wanted.
Always give the HOA a call. It will save you plenty of trouble.
At Fence Supply Online we know a lot about fencing law.
We also know how easy it is the break a law, without knowing about it.
Our team of experts is here to help.
Call us today for all your fencing needs.