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Posted on: June 11, 2020

Learn about Delhi Township’s regulations for fencing and swimming pools


Summer is here, so we wanted to share some key information about the State of Michigan Building Permit  requirements for swimming pools and the regulations for fencing

These regulations are intended to protect the use and enjoyment of residential property while maintaining the safety and welfare of all Township residents.


  • A permit is required for the alteration or installation of all types of fencing.
  • A permit application along with a site plan showing the proposed placement of the fence must be submitted for review and approval prior to installation. A $60.00 permit fee shall apply in most cases.
  • Fencing may not be constructed with materials not intended for fence construction (paneling, scrap metal or other materials)
  • The structural elements of a fence must face inwards towards the owner’s property (i.e. “decorative” side out).
  • Newly constructed fencing can’t create a “dead space” between the new fence and any existing structure, fence or hedge.
  • No solid fencing or hedge shall obstruct vision between a height of three and 10 feet within 20 feet of the intersection of a driveway and any street, sidewalk or right-of-way.
  • Fencing must be properly maintained and in good condition at all times.

Visit,_(ingham_co.)/codes/code_of_ordinances to view the entire Township Zoning Ordinance, including the full list of fencing regulations. 

Swimming pools

Thinking of purchasing a temporary or permanent swimming pool? Already own one?

We want to make sure you’re aware of, and in compliance with, the State of Michigan’s swimming pool permit and barrier regulations, including:

  • A building permit is required for the installation of ANY swimming pool containing over 24 inches of water.
  • Any in-ground, above-ground, on-ground, temporary or permanent swimming pool containing 24 inches of water or more must be surrounded by a minimum of a 48-inch barrier.
  • This barrier usually comes in the form of a fence. Gates shall be self-closing, have a self-latching device and meet all building code requirements.
  • If the walls of a permanent above-ground pool reach or exceed a height of 48 inches, it is not necessary to install a fence or additional barrier.
  • Above or on-ground pool ladders and/or entrances must be capable of being secured, locked or removed.

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