When you’re looking to build a fence, one of the first things you’ll want to know is how far from your property line you can build it. After all, you don’t want to spend all that time and money on a fence only to find out later that it’s a few feet too short.
State laws generally require fences to be at least 10 feet from your property line unless there are particular circumstances.
These laws also vary depending on whether the fence is built on a residential or non-residential lot. Furthermore, it is essential to note that these rules only apply if the new fence will be built within or over the public right of way, which is typically any road or other public land surrounding your home. If you build your fence further than the specified distances, you may run into additional permitting requirements and limitations on what type of materials can be used in constructing it.
Do I Need a Permit to Build a Fence in Connecticut?
In general, you do not need a permit to build a fence in Connecticut, provided that you adhere to the Windsor Zoning Regulations. However, there are some instances where you might need one.
For example, if you are building a fence longer than the maximum distance allowed by law, you will probably need to apply for a permit from the local building inspector. If you are building your fence on an adjacent or non-adjoining lot, you may also be required to apply for a permit, depending on the construction. For example, if there is no existing fence on the property, it may be necessary to get a permit from the local building inspector before construction begins.
Several other factors will also determine whether or not you need to get a permit before starting construction. These include whether or not your property has been zoned as residential and whether or not it is located in an area with flood hazards such as wetlands or flood plain areas. If your project requires extra permits because of these factors, then it will be up to you and your contractor to follow all applicable laws and regulations to avoid any penalties or fines that may be imposed by the local authorities once your project is complete.
Zoning Regulations: Residential and Non-Residential Borders, Fences, and Barriers
- A five-foot buffer zone must be maintained between any fence on the property line and any structure, fence, or wall taller than four feet.
- A six-foot fence or hedge may be constructed within the required front yard, provided it is at least five feet away from the side property lines.
- Six-foot tall fences are not allowed within the state’s required side or rear yard.
- No fence, wall, or hedge obstructs the line of sight between motorists or pedestrians. An intersection of a driveway edge and a street property line shall be situated within a ten-foot radius of that intersection.
- For Non-residentials lots, eight-foot-tall fences are permitted, provided they do not hinder the visibility of cars or pedestrians.
Visibility at Intersections
An intersection should be clear of any visual obstructions that would prevent motorists from maintaining a clear line of sight. Therefore, fences and other visual obstructions higher than two feet above the street grade must not be located within the triangular area formed by two intersecting street lines and a straight line connecting them, except for trees with at least six feet of clearance below the canopy.
Violating this will result in a 15-day property compliance and potential fines. If you need help building your fence in Connecticut, Roots Landscaping is here for you. They offer free estimates and can help you design a fence that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also makes everything built according to code and meets the necessary safety requirements.