Asked Questions About Fencing
more durable; chain link or wood?
Typically, chain link fencing lasts longer; however, snow load
can take it's toll on the chain link, making it stretch and sag. Wood fencing holds up better than chain link against snow
loads; however, the wood posts will rot over time, making the
fence lean, and eventually fall over, while the framework and
face boards are still in good shape. Substituting steel posts
in a wood fence will give you the best of both worlds.
What is the preferred fence height?
Fence heights vary considerably, from the ornamental, two-foot
high picket fencing typically surrounding lawn or flower borders
to a twelve-foot tall tennis court fence. However, the typical
back yard fence is six feet tall. Front yard fencing is either
three or four feet tall. Be sure to take into consideration how
much snow you get in an average winter. The more snow you get,
the shorter your fence becomes, which may enable your pets to
escape or other animals to get in.
How high can I build my fence?
City and Country codes are very similar in regards to height restrictions
for residential fencing. A back or side yard fence can be no higher
than six feet. A front yard fence may be six feet high to a point
that is twenty feet from the front property line. Any fence that
is within twenty feet of the front property line must be three
feet high or less.
My neighbor is putting up a new fence on our shared property
line. How much input am I allowed?
If the fence line is wholly on their property, you don't have
any legal say-so in the type, material, height, etc., of the new
fence. It helps to have an open dialog with your neighbors before
hand, however, so maybe this can be discussed amicably.
Do I need
a building permit?
The property owner is required by the City of South Lake Tahoe
to apply for a building permit with the planning department prior
to construction. The county does not require a permit, however,
fences must still conform to all height and set back requirements.
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