What to Consider When You Need a Fence
If you live in a community with a Homeowners Association (HOA), you should be aware that you will need to get board approval whenever you make any exterior improvements or changes to your home. Most HOAs will have restrictions that often limit your choices on what can be done. This is to provide continuity and order to the community as well as preserve its architectural integrity.
Most HOAs will have restrictions for adding a fence to your yard. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to not first check to see what your by-laws require prior to installation. If you do install a fence without board approval, you may have to tear it down. You could also face serious fines.
So, what is the best way to get approval? Here are a few tips.
Review Your Regulations
Review the fence regulations provided in your HOA by-laws. Make sure that you are using the most current version. Contact your association President or a board member if you have any questions or concerns.
Look for Restrictions
Be aware that most HOAs will have restrictions on the fence materials that you can use as well as how high it can be. This is to ensure a uniform look and feel to your community.
Understand Your Building Ordinances
You should also get a copy of your city’s building ordinances to see if there are any other restrictions you need to be aware of. This is important to remember as you will also be submitting a permit application to the city, so you will have to meet their requirements as well.
You will need to submit a written request to the board for approval. The request should include your project drawing, dimensions of your fence, type and color of your material, and any other details you think the board should know about.
Allow Enough Time for HOA Review
Typically, HOAs can take anywhere from 2 – 4 weeks to approve your fence project. You may want to follow up to confirm your letter has been received and ask for when you can expect a decision.
Request a Variance if Denied
If your request has been denied and you still want to pursue your current fence design, you can try appealing for a variance. The board may choose to schedule a hearing where you can present your case.
Remember, it is always a good idea to get approval from your HOA before doing any kind of work on the exterior of your residence, including installing a fence. And just because your neighbors have done something in the past is not a reason to go ahead with your own project.
Where Peerless Fence Group Can Help
Peerless Fence has been providing residential fencing to our customers in the Midwest for over 55 years. We will help you design a fence that will add curb appeal to your house as well as meet the requirements of your HOA and local building codes. Learn more about our Residential Products.