22 Jun Fencing ordinances in Boca Raton
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To give you an idea of some of the rules and regulations that apply to fencing, we wanted to share information from the City of Boca Raton, where we are proud to be based.
In Boca Raton, fences, walls, gates and hedges may be constructed or planted subject to the following conditions:
(a) Fences and walls constructed or hedges planted on plot lines or in required yard areas of property zoned in the following categories shall not exceed the height specified except as provided herein:
|Zoning Category||Height (in feet)|
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- (b) In all residential districts, a fence, wall, or gate greater than 4 feet in height shall not be constructed within the required front yard. However, in the case of corner plots, a fence, wall, or gate, greater than 4 feet in height may be constructed no closer than 5 feet from the side street plot line provided a landscape buffer of shrubs shall be planted and maintained along the street side of the fence or wall for the entire length of such structure, subject to the 25 foot front setback limitations. The maximum spacing between each shrub shall be 3 feet on center. In the case of a chain link fence, the landscape buffer of shrubs must be planted and maintained so as to completely obscure the fence. Provided that, in the opinion of the city’s traffic engineer a fence, wall, gate or landscape buffer shall not be allowed to constitute a visual obstruction to motorists, pedestrians or bicyclists, upon the streets, roads, sidewalks, bike paths, driveways and alleyways of the city. For plots that have parallel frontages, a fence, wall, or gate greater than 4 feet in height may be constructed no closer than 5 feet from the plot line opposite of the addressed front plot line subject to the above stated landscape buffer and obstruction requirements. The height of walls, fences, and gates, shall be determined by measurement from the ground level at the lowest grade level within 3 feet of either side of such structures. A fence or wall must be constructed so that the finish side faces the street. In the VC districts fences, walls, or gates located in front of townhomes shall not exceed 4 feet in height.
(c) A hedge, or part thereof, in residential zoning districts may exceed the maximum height limitations prescribed in (a) above under the following conditions and limitations:
- Where the abutting property is publicly owned or is zoned other than residential.
- Along a rear or side plot line where the respective minimum yard requirement as established by the applicable zoning district regulations is 25 feet or more.
- Along a rear or side plot line where the respective minimum yard requirement as established by the applicable zoning district regulations is less than 25 feet and the owners of the abutting properties or their duly authorized representatives have mutually agreed to a different height. Where a hedge in such districts actually exceeds the maximum height limitation established by these regulations, it will be presumed that such a mutual agreement exists unless evidence is furnished to the city, in writing, to the contrary.
- Along a front plot line or in a required front yard, provided such hedge shall not exceed the height of any hedge located along either side plot line or in the required side yard of the same or adjacent property. Where 2 side plot lines or side yard hedges of different heights exist, a front plot line or front yard hedge shall not exceed the lower height. Where a permitted side plot line or side yard fence or wall exists, a front plot line or front yard hedge shall not exceed 4 feet in height.
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And if you’re curious about the rest of what the City of Boca Raton has to say about residential and commercial fences, here you go:
(d) Except where specifically authorized or required by other sections of this Code, no building permit shall be issued for the construction or erection of a fence, wall or other structure in any public street, alley, canal or railroad right-of-way or in any public easement without the prior written approval of the governmental agency having jurisdiction and the city manager. A fence, wall or other structure constructed or erected in accordance with an approved building permit in any public right-of-way or easement shall be subject to the same height limitations as if it were located on the abutting property and shall be subject to removal whenever the condition or existence thereof shall become inconsistent with the public use of the right-of-way or easement or constitute a safety or traffic hazard as determined by the appropriate city official.
(e) Where a utility easement or dedicated alley right-of-way that has not been developed for use by vehicular traffic abuts a property line in a residential district, the owners of the abutting property may install a fence in the alley or easement subject to the following conditions and requirements:
- The fence shall not extend into the alley or easement more than ½ of the width of the easement or alley right-of-way.
- The fence height shall not exceed the maximum limitations established by this section.
- If the fence is to serve as the safety barrier for a swimming pool, it shall meet all applicable requirements.
- A building permit to erect such fence is issued by the chief code administrator.
- The fence shall be subject to temporary or permanent removal at the owner’s expense whenever the existence thereof becomes inconsistent with the maintenance or improvement of the easement or alley.
(f) The exposed nib ends of any chain link or metal fence located within 6 feet of any sidewalk or bicycle path shall be turned in toward the support rails of the fence. Barbed wire fences and electrically charged fences are prohibited within the city limits.
(g) Security fences or walls with single or double 3-strand barbed wire outriggers or extension arms installed at approximately a 45-degree angle at the top of the fence or wall may be installed in the following areas only when authorized by a building permit issued by the chief code administrator. The additional height resulting from the installation of the outriggers or extensions shall not be considered in measuring the height of a fence or wall.
- At a zoning district boundary line where a business, commercial or industrial district directly abuts on a residential district without any division or separator between them such as a street, alley, park or other public open space, provided the owner of the residential property either applies for a permit to install such fence or wall or agrees, in writing, to the installation thereof.
- Within a business, commercial or industrial district.
- Around electrical substations and similar hazardous facilities.
(h) The city manager shall be authorized to order the removal or reduction in height of any fence, wall, hedge or other structure or growth which constitutes a hazardous obstruction to the vision of vehicle operators or is an obstruction to pedestrians or bicyclists upon the streets, roads, sidewalks, bikepaths, driveways and alleys of the city, notwithstanding any other provision of this Code to the contrary, after taking into consideration the traffic pattern, posted speed limit, width of the pavement, distance from the pavement to the object, dimensions of the object, and adjacent land uses. Such order shall require compliance within 30 days following receipt of written notice. After such notice and the expiration of the 30-day period, the obstruction may be removed or modified as appropriate by the city, with the cost thereof charged to the owner of the premises involved, and such cost may be collected and a lien may be made upon the property in the same manner as a tax lien in favor of the city.
(i) In the event a violation of this section is found, the violator shall be subject to all enforcement procedures, hearing procedures, enforcement orders, administrative fines and liens set forth in Chapter 2, Article III, Division 3.
(j) This section shall not apply to any fence or wall constructed on or prior to February 1, 1978, except those which are determined to constitute a hazardous obstruction in (h) above. The burden to prove the construction date of a fence or wall shall be upon the owner.
(k) Utility poles, standards or masts, and their supports less than 22 inches in diameter or width are excluded from the provisions of this section except as indicated in (h) above.
(l) A 6-foot wall may be permitted on A-1-A Highway, U.S. Highway No. 1, Old Dixie Highway and Camino Real from A-1-A Highway to U.S. Highway No. 1, excepting corner plots which shall be restricted the same as residential front and corner plot lines, subject to the approval of the city manager as not creating traffic or safety hazards and as being in accordance with the spirit and purpose of this chapter.
(m) Fences built within the boundaries of the City of University Park, as those boundaries existed at the time the City of University Park was annexed to the City of Boca Raton, and constructed prior to July 27, 1971, shall be exempt from the provisions of (a), (b), (c) and (i) above; provided, however, that any fences exempted under this subsection shall be amortized for a period of 3 years from the effective date of this paragraph, June 14, 1977, and thereafter such fences shall conform with all provisions of this Code.
(n) In all zoning districts, a 6-foot temporary construction fence may be placed on and along all plot lines of the property while under construction with an active building permit, subject to the sight obstruction limitations listed in subsection (b) above.
(Ord. No. 253, § 3.12, 2-28-56; Ord. No. 400, §§ 1, 2, 6-16-59; Ord. No. 488, § 1, 1-12-60; Ord. No. 655, § 1, 6-27-61; Ord. No. 825, § 1, 2-11-64; Ord. No. 832, § 1, 3-24-64; Ord. No. 840, § 1, 4-21-64; Ord. No. 913, § 1, 10-20-64; Ord. No. 960, § 1, 4-13-65; Ord. No. 968, §§ 1, 2, 5-18-65; Ord. No. 1000, § 1, 8-3-65; Ord. No. 1026, § 1, 11-2-65; Ord. No. 1049, § 1, 12-28-65; Ord. No. 1157, § 2, 11-1-66; Ord. No. 1203, § 1, 2-28-67; Ord. No. 1239, § 1, 8-22-67; Ord. No. 1950, § 1, 3-5-74; Ord. No. 2316, § 1, 2-22-77; Ord. No. 2382, § 1, 6-14-77; Ord. No. 2461, § 1, 1-31-78; Ord. No. 2556, § 1, 11-14-78; Ord. No. 2698, § 1, 11-27-78; Ord. No. 3206, § 1, 5-24-83; Ord. No. 3305, § 1, 4-10-84; Ord. No. 4122, § 63, 9-28-93; Ord. No. 4375, § 1, 5-12-98; Ord. No. 4690, § 1, 2-25-03; Ord. No. 4905, § 1, 11-22-05; Ord. No. 4908, § 9, 2-28-06; Ord. No. 5013, § 1, 11-27-07; Ord. No. 5239, § 4, 8-27-13)