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Dallas Fencing Laws set a standard for materials, height and location.

When erecting a fence in the Dallas area you should pay close heed to the laws. Get something wrong and the fence may need to come down and you could be facing a lovely big fine.

You can sum-up the Dallas fencing laws to cover five areas:

  • Fence Height
  • Fencing Materials
  • Access For Emergency Services
  • Places Of Specific Importance
  • Backyard Fencing

Let’s have a look at each one in a little more detail.

Fence Height

The guiding principle in Dallas is that any fence over 4-foot requires a building permit.

The law applies regardless of the fencing material used.

There are good reasons behind the 4-foot law. A fence over 4-foot could block light or airflow going to your or a neighbor’s yard.

Safety is also an issue.

A fence above 2 ½ foot is not allowed on corner lots as traffic visibility may be an issue. The height is measured from the top of the surrounding street curb and the laws are very strict, particularly where children play.

Any fence going over 9-foot in height is deemed to be a structure. Building a structure opens up another can of worms with regard to regulations, so it may be best to keep below the upper limits.

Fencing Materials

There are strict rules on the use of materials.

Blocking a neighbor’s light and airflow is forbidden.

There is a ban on barbed wire. It may be permissible to place barbed wire on a fence over 6-foot in height for security, as long as it does not project over the property line.

A neighbor may object if your fence differs greatly from others on the street, so have a look around before beginning construction.

Solid material, such as that used in privacy fencing, may also affect light and the view of others. It may fall foul of the authorities, especially in city areas.

Access For Emergency Services

For extra privacy and security the Dallas laws allow you to build a higher, more robust fence around the backyard.

At the same time, you must also allow access for emergency services onto your property from the rear or the side.

You must be careful not to block access to a neighbor’s home too.

It may be a good idea to consult the fire officer from a local station when completing any permit application.

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Backyard Fencing

Do not make the mistake of thinking because your front fence is less than 4-foot that you are clear of regulations throughout the property.

If you go over 6-foot with the backyard fence you will need a permit.

The Dallas fencing laws do not allow a fence to go over 9-foot anywhere on the property.

Remember the access rules surrounding a rear yard fence. You will have to consider a neighbor’s light and airflow needs too.

There are additional regulations going with the construction of a pool fence and you should consult the city authorities when considering one.

Sites Of Specific Importance

You will need a permit to erect a fence of any type, regardless of height and material, in an area of historical or cultural importance.

It is also forbidden to build a fence in an easement.

Areas prone to flooding will need an inspection from the authorities to ensure the fence will not affect waterflow or cause erosion.

Where To Go?

The Dallas Department of Building Inspection handle all fencing permits.

You normally do not need to submit a site plan and they issue a permit while you wait. A fee of around $100.00 is usually due with the application.

If you take note of the planning regulations listed above and stick to them, then all will be good.

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