Coweta County, GA Fence Building Codes & Permits
Coweta County does not always require a building permit when erecting a fence. A permit is always required if the site is located within “Conservation, Historic, Landmark, SPI districts or other districts requiring a Special Administrative Permit.
Fences and walls which conform to the provisions stated herein shall be permitted by the Department of Environment and Community Development. Fences erected for agricultural purposes in the AG-1 District shall be exempt from permit requirements.
Easements: No structure with the exception of fences may be located in, or otherwise obstruct any easement. Fences shall be permitted within easements subject to the receipt of written permission from the easement holder. Approval of the Zoning Administrator and applicable County Department shall be required for all fences proposed for placement in easements which are held by Coweta County.
Coweta County Fence and Wall Standards
Walls or fences shall be permitted in any zoning district and are not subject to setback requirements of this resolution, except that in a residential zoning district:
(1 a) Every swimming pool hereafter constructed or installed shall be completely enclosed by a fence or wall of durable construction. Swimming pool fences or walls shall be designed to inhibit climbing by offering no handholds or toeholds, and they shall have no horizontal exterior parts. Construction may allow vertical openings not more than four inches wide, but no horizontal openings. All fences or walls enclosing pools shall be constructed so as to deny access beneath or through them other than by use of gates or doors.
(1 b) The fence or wall, including all gates and doors, shall not be less than four feet high as measured at all points on the perimeter.
(1 c) All gates and doors opening through a swimming pool fence or wall shall be equipped with self-closing and self-latching devices designed to keep the gates and doors securely closed and latched when not in use.
(1 d) If a gate or door providing access to a pool area is greater than four feet in height, the latch must be installed at least four feet above the ground. If the gate or door is four feet in height, the latch can be no lower than six inches from the top of the gate or door.
(1 e) No portion of a fence or wall shall be installed less than three feet from the nearest point of the water in the pool.
(1 f) A residence or other permanent building may form part of a required fence or wall, providing that it is at least four feet in height and offers no less of a barrier than the fence or wall itself.
(1 g) An application for a permit to construct or enlarge a swimming pool must be accompanied by an application for a permit to construct the required fence or wall.
(2) The setback requirements of this ordinance shall not prohibit any necessary retaining wall nor prohibit any wall or fence.
(3) There shall be provided an unobstructed view across the triangle formed by joining points measured 20 feet distant along the property line from the intersection of two streets or 15 feet along both the street and alley line from the intersection of a street and an alley. Within said triangle there shall be no sight-obscuring wall, fence or foliage higher than 30 inches above grade or, in the case of trees, foliage lower than eight feet. Vertical measurement shall be made at the top of the curb on the street or alley adjacent to the nearest side of the triangle, or, if no curb exists, from the edge of the nearest traveled way.
(4) All entry fixtures and other service equipment shall be located in side and rear yards and away from high use or high visibility areas. These fixtures shall be adequately screened with a masonry wall, wood privacy fencing, or plantings. All utilities shall be underground.
(5) All required opaque fences or walls shall be constructed of one or a combination of the following: Decorative wood, stone, stucco on block, decorative block, or brick. These fences or walls shall not exceed six feet in height.
(6) Decorative wrought iron fencing may be used for architectural and security purposes only.
(7) Chain link, unfinished concrete or cinder block, plastic or fiberglass, barbed or razor wire, and plywood fences, or like materials are prohibited. Paint shall not be considered a finish material.
Fences & Walls Cont.
(Revised September 2009) The Zoning Resolution (Section 700) and the Property Maintenance Ordinance (Section 14-301) contain requirements about the location, height, material, and maintenance of fences and walls on residential lots. In addition, the Development Regulations (Subsection 7.4.6) contain restrictions about the construction of fences and walls in a drainage easement. All of these requirements are applicable in the unincorporated areas of the county.
Fences proposed to be located in the rear yard must not exceed the maximum allowable height of 8 feet. Fences proposed to be located in the front yard must not exceed a maximum height of 4 feet. Materials used for fences in the front yard must be ornamental in design and constructed with materials such as brick, masonry, picket or split rail. Chain link or other woven wire fences are prohibited in a front yard. Corner lots have two (2) front yards and the same regulations and restrictions on fences in the front yard apply to the yard areas adjacent to both streets. Fences and walls are not allowed to be located in the street right-of-way. Although only a professional survey can determine the actual right-of-way boundary line, in most cases it is the area approximately 11 feet from the back of the curb toward the lot.
Fences and walls constructed after 27 April 1999 are not allowed in a drainage easement unless written permission from the county is given. For further information about fences and walls in drainage easements, please contact the Stormwater Plan Review Section of the Department of Planning & Development at 770.254.2635 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays. Drainage easements are indicated on Final Plats of subdivisions that are kept on file in the Real Estate Records Office of the Clerk of Superior Court.
Fences may be placed adjacent to or on side or rear property lines. However, it is recommended that adequate room be provided between the fence and the property line for maintenance purposes without having to access someone else’s property without their permission. Barbed wire and electric fences are prohibited on residential lots less than 3 acres in size. All damaged or missing portions of a fence need to be replaced with comparable materials and shall be attached to the existing portion of the fence. Fences cannot be externally braced by a means of support other than the intended posts or other structural members. Building permits are required for fences greater than 8 feet in height (and provided a height variance is granted by the Zoning Board of Appeals at a public hearing) and for walls that are greater than 4 feet in height.
Violations of fence and wall regulations may be reported by calling the Police Services Quality of Life Unit Complaint Hot Line at 770-254-2669
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Where can I install a fence on my residential property? How tall can I build the fence? Is a permit required?
A. Each lot has a front, side and rear setback from the property line. Review the final plat of the subdivision to find the locations of these setbacks on the property. Although fences in the rear and side yards may be built up to the property line, it is highly recommended to offset the fence internally from the property line to allow room for maintenance to avoid crossing over to the adjacent property. Fences are allowed to be up to eight (8) feet in height in the side and rear setbacks. Each corner lot has two front yard setbacks, one from each right of way. Fences in the front yard setback are not allowed to exceed four (4) feet in height. A building permit is not required to install a fence 8 feet or less in height except a building permit is required for masonry and concrete walls which exceed 4 feet in height and function as a fence, screen, or barrier.
Q. Am I allowed to install a fence within a drainage easement on my property?
A. Possibly, although obstructions of any type including permanent structures are generally not permitted within drainage easements. Installation of fencing within a drainage easement requires approval by the Stormwater Plan Review Section.
Q. Is the homeowner required to be present at his/her residence during a scheduled inspection by a building inspector?
A. Either the homeowner or an adult representative must be present before an inspector can enter an occupied residence or fenced property. For inspection of an outside structure such as a deck, pool, or storage shed, the homeowner may place a note on the permit card granting the inspector permission to enter the property if he/she cannot be present during the inspection.
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