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If the fence is taller than 7 feet, you do need a building permit.
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If the fence is 7 feet tall or less, you do not need a permit for a fence. Most standard privacy fences are less than 7 feet tall.
No, there are no setback requirements for fences 7 feet tall or less. You can place the fence up to your property line, as long as it remains on your property. We recommend placing the fence at least a foot within your property boundary so you can perform maintenance work on the exterior of the fence without trespassing on your neighbor’s property.
Yes. The fence must be a minimum of 30 feet away from all streets/ways, a minimum of 12 feet away from side and rear lot lines, and at least 8 feet away from all other structures on your lot.
No, either side of the fence may face in or out, no matter the height of the fence.
To apply for a permit for a fence taller than 7 feet, please mail in or drop off the following items:
You are welcome to apply to the Zoning Board of Appeals if your application is denied, but it is highly unlikely that a variance will be granted.
You can request a copy of your plot plan by emailing the Building Department. If we do not have a plot plan on file, you may use a map from the Town’s online assessing kiosk.
All pre-paid permits are automatically mailed to the applicant once issued. If a fee is due, we will call you to notify you of the fee. Once we receive the fee, we will mail the permit to you.