Haralson County, GA Fence Building Codes & Permits
Haralson 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 Haralson County.
Haralson 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) Fenced enclosure means an enclosure made of wire, wood, stone, or other materials which is of sufficient height and strength to act as a barrier against the passage of the animal it is intended to enclose. An invisible fence is not an acceptable fenced enclosure for an animal.
(2) Except as hereinafter provided, in the event a screen, wall, fence, planted dividing strip, or any other type of buffer is required by this chapter for any use, such screen, wall, etc., will be subjected to periodic inspections by the zoning administrator to determine that such required walls, fences, etc., are being properly maintained. Failure to maintain such required walls, fences, etc., to an acceptable standard may be deemed a violation of this chapter.
(3) Any swimming pool shall be enclosed with a solid or chain link fence and self-closing gate not less than four feet in height, except where the top of the walls of an above-ground pool is at least 48 inches above grade, and the ladder or steps can be removed to prevent access.
(4) Restraining of guard dogs.
(4a) Every owner of a guard or attack dog shall keep such dog confined in a building, compartment, or other secure enclosure. Any such enclosure shall be completely surrounded by a fence at least six feet in height and shall be topped with an anti-climbing device constructed of angle metal braces with at least three strands of equally separated barbed wire stretched between them. A minimum 12-inch by 18-inch sign, visible from 30 feet, shall be posted to notify the public that a guard dog is on duty.
(4 b) All anti-climbing devices shall extend inward at an angle of not less than 45 degrees nor more than 90 degrees when measured from the perpendicular.
(4 c) The areas of confinement shall all have gates and entrances thereto securely closed and locked, and all fences properly maintained and escape-proof.
(5) Commercial and residential site development plans shall include stormwater management facilities which limits surface water discharge to pre-development rates for all frequencies from the two year through the 100-year storm events. Surrounding the ten foot maintenance access zone that encircles the actual water storage area, both retention and detention ponds with a maximum designed depth of four feet or greater shall have a six-foot-high security fence attached, not more than five feet on center, to the top of a concrete curb six inches wide and 24 inches deep and shall include a locked a ten foot access gate. The owner/developer shall take precautionary measures to deter children from going near such stormwater ponds. “KEEP OUT” and other warning signs shall be posted.
Fences & Walls Cont.
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 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. 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.
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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