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I need to build a fence… Help!

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  • #509433

    Doobie
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    I just got the word from the city. I can put in a 3 1/2 foot fence and do not have to pull a permit. Thank goodness!

    That should do the trick at that height. Two and a half feet is almost a tripping hazard it seems so low as a limit without a permit.

    #509491

    Clev08
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    I just got the word from the city. I can put in a 3 1/2 foot fence and do not have to pull a permit. Thank goodness!

    What materials will you be building the fence with?

    #509576

    DirtyWhiteBoy
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    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Good luck with the fence DD, Maybe the short fence will get the point across.

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    #509621

    r-ice
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    Durham region, ON

    Hopefully the short fence will keep them out, but will it make it a graffiti magnet>?

    #509782

    Seven-Delta-FortyOne
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    The Emerald Triangle, Northern California

    Why do you not want to pull a permit?

    Delta

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    #509820

    Doobie
    Pro

    Why do you not want to pull a permit?

    Delta

    Could be like in my area, permit or no permit, front yard fence heights are limited anyways.

    Here they also have a “triangle” thing they apply for anything in the front yard that prevents anything over a certain height that can be a view blockage for people backing out of their driveways.

    #509879

    smallerstick
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    North Bay, ON

    A permit will prevent anyone in the future from challenging your fence and having it torn down.

    Oops.. I should read first

    There are only two ways to do things; the right way and again.

    #510057

    Doobie
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    It’s all about looking at the rules in place when he erects something and not being in contravention at the time.

    Even then, later, they don’t crawl up your butt typically if it’s been there for years and someone comes forward years later and complains. They have a grandfathering methodology with most of these things.

    You’re generally OK if you did something outside a municipal violation years before provided it’s something menial like this even if it was wrong at the time according to their by-laws and some ass-swipe neighbor Dudley Do-Right later comes along and tries to make a stink about it.

    But be careful with that. We’re talking a front yard fence here. On the scale of ‘who gives a $hit, that’s on the low end. Don’t try to build an addition to your house without a permit and get off Scot’s free in the same manner. An accessory building build, possibly. But even that can be iffy. It’s a bit of a balancing act in this regard with what they would pass off and others they would nail your butt.

    #517069

    DesertDeuces
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    Indio, CA

    Thank you for all the replies. I’m very sorry I haven’t responded before today, but I’ve had my hands full lately. The owner of the property just died. She was 87 years old. I’ve been staying with her 90 year old husband so he won’t be alone until his daughter and granddaughter get home from work/school.

    I found out that I don’t need a permit. YAY! And, I can build a 3 1/2 foot fence. A fence any taller than that means I have to set it back a minimum of 8 additional feet from the property line, and I’d have to landscape the area in front of the fence. This is a tourist town and the city council wants us to keep the city pretty. DUH.

    So, I think problem is solved. A 3 1/2 foot fence should keep the kids out – or else!

    Pat

    #517095

    jponto07
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    Bloomington, IN

    or else!

    Or else the biggest thorn bushes that you can find?

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    #517127

    Doobie
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    or else!

    Or else the biggest thorn bushes that you can find?

    Some municipalities won’t allow thorn type plants near sidewalks or pathways, so that may not work either as a secondary measure should the fence not work to keep the kids out.

    #517185

    Boschmanbrian
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    Montreal , QC, Canada

    @desertdeuces first sorry to hear about the loss, my condolences,

    Very gracious of you to stand in like that

    And happy to hear about the fence, not needing a permit.

    #517278

    58Chev
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    Etobicoke, ON

    Thank you for all the replies. I’m very sorry I haven’t responded before today, but I’ve had my hands full lately. The owner of the property just died. She was 87 years old. I’ve been staying with her 90 year old husband so he won’t be alone until his daughter and granddaughter get home from work/school.

    I found out that I don’t need a permit. YAY! And, I can build a 3 1/2 foot fence.

    Good on you that you are keeping the old man company. Glad that you don’t need a permit to build the fence, even though it can only be 3 1/2 ft tall.

    or else!

    Or else the biggest thorn bushes that you can find?

    If thorns are out of the question, poison ivy/oak would landscape nicely. LOL

    “If you don’t pass on the knowledge you have to others, it Dies with you”
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    #517338

    Doobie
    Pro

    If thorns are out of the question, poison ivy/oak would landscape nicely. LOL

    That could be very dangerous. Some people get severe reactions to poison ivy and require hospitalization. I know this from a past experience where I worked my summer jobs when I was younger where the warehouse manager had us all go outside in the summer and yank weeds along the side of the building because it was so dead for regular work in the warehouse.

    The next day seven of the ten guys were all being treated for poison ivy and one of the guys was in the hospital because of the reaction. He almost died. I was lucky. Me and another guy were pulling weeds away from the infested area, but one guy had no reaction at all and was pulling alongside of the guys that got affected.

    One guy I recall who took the bus to work had to be escorted the next morning from the bus stop by a good Samaritan to our work as his face was reacting and it swelled up so much he couldn’t see out of his eyes he was so puffed up. Most guys did not come back to work for days. IIRC the guy in the hospital was off for over a week.

    Most municipalities try to eradicate it where there are common usage areas as soon as it is discovered. The Don Mills area in Toronto where I used to live and work back then is actually noted as being one the most prolific areas in the world for poison ivy.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxicodendron_radicans

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphylaxis

    BTW Frank, I know you were just kidding, but I thought I’d share my experience just in case somebody thought of this as an option.

    #520156

    Jpg-woodworking
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    Tallahassee, FL

    Just a thought, you might get the desired result from a few of those “pesticides sprayed, keep off” signs. Probably not a long term solution if it is the same people every day, but I always see moms yell at their kids to stay away when those signs are out. Cheaper and easier than a fence if it works.

    #520181

    Doobie
    Pro

    Just a thought, you might get the desired result from a few of those “pesticides sprayed, keep off” signs. Probably not a long term solution if it is the same people every day, but I always see moms yell at their kids to stay away when those signs are out. Cheaper and easier than a fence if it works.

    Thing is, you’d probably have to freshen the sigh every few weeks, or people who would see it regularly would catch on it wasn’t and just an ongoing ruse.

    #520192

    madman_us
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    Palm Springs, CA

    well since we live in the desert. I would choose the desert landscaping.
    barrel cactus; ocotillo; actually everything what has needles…small, medium and large plants.

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