Charter Township Community Development Department
Fencing regulations are
intended to protect the use and enjoyment of residential property while
maintaining the safety and welfare of all township residents. Recent
updates to Ord. 39, § 6.2.4, “Fences, Walls & Screens”, are intended to
aid both property owners and Township staff to better meet these goals.
The following is a
summary of the Township Zoning Ordinance section regarding the
installation of fencing, hedges and screens.
Click here to view the
complete text for Ord. #39 § 6.2.4, including site plan examples of
fencing placement. Keep in mind, that regardless of permit approvals
or inspections by a Township Official, it is ultimately the property
owner’s responsibility to ensure ordinance compliance.
Fencing may not be
constructed with materials such as paneling, barbed wire, scrap
metal or other materials not intended for fence construction.
Any structural members
of a fence must face inwards towards the owner’s property.
fencing can not create a “dead space” (e.g. area that cannot to be
maintained) with any existing structure, fence or hedge.
No solid fencing or
hedge between the height of three (3) and ten (10) feet may be
within twenty (20) feet of the intersection of a driveway and any
street, sidewalk or right-of-way.
Fencing must be properly
maintained and in good repair at all times.
A permit is required for
the alteration or installation of all types of fencing.
permit application along with a site plan showing the
proposed placement of the fence must be submitted for review.
The permit must be
approved and issued prior to the installation or alteration of
any fencing or regulated hedge.
The $50.00 permit
fee applies only when a permit is issued for the installation of
a perimeter fence, as defined by Ord. 39, § 6.2.4(1)(h).
Fencing can be
constructed up to four (4) feet in height if it consists of
uniform open spaces and does not obstruct the vision of
traffic, typically chain link fencing.
Solid fencing up
to six (6) feet in height can be constructed if setback at
least ten (10) feet from the road right-of-way and all
required landscaping is installed.
plantings include a minimum of one (1) evergreen for
every thirty (30) feet of frontage and one (1) shrub for
every ten (10) feet of frontage, planted and maintained
to meet specifications in Ord. 39, § 6.2.4(2)(b)(1)
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