Dekalb County, GA Fence Building Codes & Permits
Dekalb 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 (to verify call ), SPI districts or other districts requiring a Special Administrative Permit (to verify call ).
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 Dekalb County.
Dekalb County Fence and Wall Codes & Regulations
(a) No wall or fence, including a retaining wall, shall be more than eight (8) feet in height. No wall or fence shall be constructed in any public right-of-way except upon approval of the director of public works. No wall or fence in a front yard in a residential district shall exceed four (4) feet in height. When this chapter requires a wall or fence to be constructed, the wall or fence shall be completed prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the principal structure.
(b) The distance between a retaining wall and the side property line on all lots with single-family detached dwellings shall be equal to at least half of the distance between the side property line and the required setback line. Newly constructed retaining walls shall not be higher than four (4) feet; however, existing retaining walls may be repaired and replaced so long as the height of the repaired or replaced wall does not increase in height over the original height of the wall.
(b-1) If exceptional topographical restrictions exist on the lot in context with the adjoining property which were not created by the applicant or owner and it is established to the satisfaction of the planning director or designee that no practical alternative design of such wall is feasible, then the planning director may grant a maximum two-foot increase in height of the applicable height requirement set forth in this section of such retaining wall. Applicant shall provide to the planning director or designee a certified field run site plan or a topographical map certified by an engineer or landscape architect with the application for a variance.
(b-2) If exceptional topographical restrictions exist on the lot in context with the adjoining property which were not created by the applicant or owner and it is established to the satisfaction of the zoning board of appeals that no practical alternative design of such wall is feasible, the zoning board of appeals may allow the height of the retaining walls to be greater than six (6) feet and/or vary the distance between the side property line and the required setback line for retaining walls. This request shall be heard by the zoning board of appeals in accordance with the process set forth insection 27-901 et seq. and in accordance with the criteria set forth in section 27-916. No variance shall be granted to allow the height of a retaining wall above eight (8) feet. In addition to the materials otherwise required for a variance in section 27-909, an applicant shall provide a certified field run site plan or a topographical map certified by an engineer or landscape architect with the application for a variance.
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