A new fence is a good investment. On average, installing a new vinyl fence increases the value of your house by about 65% of the cost of installation, while wooden fences come in around 50%. So the decision to invest in a fence was an easy once. Now, however, it is time to look at the logistics of the project. Do you hire a professional? Do you go the DIY (do-it-yourself) route? And what about building permits?
Do I Need a Building Permit?
As a general rule of thumb, adding any outdoor structures – whether a deck, fence, or patio – requires a building permit.
While fencing is by no means a large project, it is not a small project either. It will require a fair amount of digging and, in many cases, will require you to not only call Miss Utility, but also pull a building permit. It is also important to check with local zoning restrictions as well as home owners association (HOA) guidelines.
“Most fencing laws limit the height of artificial fences in residential areas to four feet in front yards and six feet in backyards. Local ordinances set by cities and counties, and sometimes subdivision rules called Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs), regulate fencing,” according to Find Law.
Now the question becomes “how do I file a building permit for my new fence?”
Save Yourself a Headache and Hire Hercules Fence
Let Hercules Fence handle everything for you. Over the years, we have developed a reputation for professional service and quality fence installation. Hercules Fence has experience in nearly every type of residential and commercial fencing material imaginable, from wood and aluminum to chain link, vinyl, steel, and even temporary fencing.
We look forward to hearing from you and meeting your residential fencing needs. The experienced, professional team at Hercules Fence can help guide you through the design and installation process, ensuring you a headache-free experience.
Founded in 1955, Hercules Fence is the largest fence company based in Virginia. We have offices in Manassas, Richmond, Newport News, and Norfolk, Virginia, as well as Maryland and North Carolina.