Columbus, Ohio Fence Installation

Columbus, Ohio Fence Installation Guide

CODES-PERMITS, AND VITAL INFO FOR INSTALLING AND REPAIRING FENCES. MUNICIPAL FENCE CODES AND ORDINANCES

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR FENCE INSTALLATION

The Columbus Zoning Code regulates the height and location of a fence public or private. Deed restrictions, easements or covenants may also prohibit certain kinds of fences or specify allowed locations of fences in the subdivision. The city does not regulate or enforce deed restrictions or easements; other homeowners or civic associations in a subdivision may regulate them as well as other subdivision rules.

A few things to remember:
  • Fences 6 feet or less in height are not regulated as a structure and can be placed in the rear yard with no setback from the property lines.
  • Know property lines to avoid possible disputes with a neighbor. The city does not locate property lines or mediate property line disputes resulting from misplaced fences. A fence 6 feet or less in height does not require a building permit, but the Zoning Code regulates the placement of fences even if they are less than 6 feet tall under certain circumstances related to safe visibility for motor vehicle operation.
  • Privacy fences over 6 feet in height are regulated as a structure and are subject to setback requirements, including side yards. Fences over 6 feet in height also require a building permit. If considering a fence over 6 feet tall, please call the Zoning Office, 645-8637.
  • The Zoning Code regulates the placement and opacity of fences in the front yard when a lot or any abutting lot has a driveway to the street. The purpose of this is to ensure the vehicle operator can see other vehicles and pedestrians. Call the Zoning Office, 645-8637, if considering any type of fence in the front yard.
  • The Zoning Code regulates the height, location, and opacity of fences on corner lots. Zoning staff encourages anyone considering a fence on a corner lot to come to the Department of Building & Zoning Services Customer Service Center with a site plan before the fence is erected so compliance with corner lot requirements can be verified.
  • The city does not regulate which sides of fences are oriented inward or outward.
  • Multifamily, Commercial, Office, Manufacturing, and Institutional projects are required to submit a Final Site Compliance Plan prior to installing a fence – contact Engineering at 614-645-0032 or engineeringinfo@columbus.gov.

Zoning encourages review of a proposed fence before the fence is erected. Fence review is done “over the counter”. No appointment is necessary. Please visit the Department of Building and Zoning Services Customer Service Center during the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday or submit an email inquiry to ZoningInfo@columbus.gov.

FENCE ZONING PERMIT APPLICATION

FENCE CODES AND ORDINANCES

BUILDING DEPT ADDRESS & CONTACT

Building and Zoning Services

111 North Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Office:  (614) 645-7433
Fax:  (614) 645-0082
Weekdays: 9:00AM to 4:00PM

PROPERTY SURVEY?

WHEN STARTING A FENCE PROJECT IT IS VITAL TO KNOW THAT THE PROPOSED FENCE WILL BE ON YOUR PROPERTY. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO YOU, THE TOWN OFFICIALS AND YOUR NEIGHBORS.

  • IF YOU ALREADY HAVE AN UP-TO-DATE PROPERTY SURVEY, IT MAY HAVE ENOUGH DETAIL TO LOCATE YOUR PROPERTY CORNERS, WHERE YOU MAY FIND OR CAN PLACE STAKES. THIS WILL HELP YOU DISCERN YOUR PROPERTY LINES.
  • IF YOU DO NOT HAVE CURRENT VALID PROPERTY SURVEY, YOU WILL HAVE TO HIRE A LAND SURVEYING COMPANY TO CREATE ONE AND THAT WILL USUALLY REQUIRE YOUR PROPERTY DEED.

CALL BEFORE YOU DIG

CALL AT 811 OR 800-362-2764

AT LEAST THREE BUSINESS DAYS, PRIOR TO OUTDOOR CONSTRUCTION OR DIGGING, CONTRACTORS AND PROPERTY OWNERS – WHOEVER IS EXCAVATING – MUST CALL OHIO811 AT 811 OR 800-362-2764 AND TAKE THE FOLLOWING STEPS:

  1. WAIT FOR THE SITE TO BE MARKED WITH PAINT, FLAGS OR STAKES. YELLOW INDICATES THE PRESENCE OF UNDERGROUND NATURAL GAS LINES.
  2. RESPECT THE MARKS AND DIG WITH CARE.
  3. HAND DIG WITHIN TWO FEET OF BURIED PIPING AND FACILITIES.
  4. BE MINDFUL THAT INCLEMENT WEATHER MAY WASH AWAY THE PAINTED MARKINGS.

IT’S FREE AND IT’S THE LAW.

CALL BEFORE YOU DIG OFFICIAL WEBSITE

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