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5 Reasons to Hire Paramount Fence
There are many reasons to hire us for your fence installation or repair project in Southfield. Here are a few top reasons why:
Our fence products are some of the best that you will find in Southfield. We do not settle for lower quality material in order to have higher profits. this means that you can be certain you will get the best fence for your money.
Fence Ordinances in Southfield Michigan
Below is a brief overview of the fence ordinances for Southfield Michigan. This is not a complete or definite list and should never be used in support of a dispute. Click here to review the complete document of codes and ordinances regarding fences in Southfield.
The city of Southfield Michigan has recently changed some of their fence ordinances. For the most part, all common fence types are allowed including; vinyl fencing, wood fencing, vinyl coated chain link fence (galvanized/silver chain link fencing is no longer allowed), aluminum fence, and composite fencings. Fence styles allowed include privacy fencing, picket fences, and ornamental fences.
If the fence that you are installing has a “finished side”, this finished side must face your adjacent neighbors rather than your own property. This means that the posts and rails of your fence must be installed on your side of the fence. All fences must also have their own support structure (ie: posts and rails) and cannot be fastened to an existing fence, with the exception of shared corner posts.
Stockade wood fencing (the cheap stuff) is not allowed to be installed within the city of Southfield. It is also important to note that galvanized chain link (the silver chain link fence you see everywhere) is no longer allowed. Instead you must install a vinyl coated chain link fence (this is the colored options).
Fences can be installed around your entire back yard as well as along the sides of your house, but not extending beyond the front corners of your house. The maximum height for a backyard fence is 6 feet tall. You may however, install a fence in your front yard as long as it is not taller than 30-inches and not more than 16-ft in length.
If you live on a corner lot you must install your fence in the back/side yard only. you are not allowed to extend the fence beyond the front face of the house on the front or side of the house. This means that your fence cannot extend toward the sidewalk beyond the front/side corner of your home. If you are saying “but there are other fences near me that are all the way up to the sidewalk“, it is likely because they were installed before this ordinance change. In our experience, the city will not allow an exception based on that argument.
Fence Repairs in Southfield, Mi.
If you need a fence repair in Southfield, it is likely that you will not need to obtain a permit before doing the repair. This assumes that your repair is consisting of a small portion of the total fence and is not changing the location, type, style, color, etc. of the existing fence. If you would like to change any of these features, you will first be required to obtain a fence permit as it is no longer considered a fence repair project.
Fence Permit Requirements in Southfield
The permit process at the city of Southfield is a bit complicated. You should make sure you have ALL of the documents mentioned below, properly filled out/signed before visiting the city office or you will be finding yourself making another trip. The city of Southfield has only recently started requiring fence permits and it seems they failed to have a staff meeting to teach the process and requirements so it is best to have your ducks in order before going there. This will help prevent delays and unnecessary trips.
The fence permit fee in Southfield is $125.
Click Here to visit the official website for Southfield Michigan
Use this link to download the fence permit application. This can be used by homeowners, fence companies and contractors alike. Fill out the application with details regarding your property and proposed fence. Once completely filled out and signed, turn it in to the building department.
A stake/property survey is required in order to apply for and obtain a fence permit. You must indicate on a copy of the survey where you plan to install the fence. Under some rare occasions the city may allow it to pass with neighbor signatures, but they are a bit strict with this one. Mortgage Surveys will not be accepted.
A photo and spec sheet of your proposed fence is required in order to apply for a fence permit. If you have a clear enough photo, you may be able to draw the specs onto your photo. If not, you will need to include a manufacturers spec sheet along with the photo of the proposed fence.
Building Department Information
The Southfield building department is where you will find information that you need in regards to having your new fence installed. Details regarding permits, ordinances, and property information can be obtained here.
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