Privacy fencing is meant to be tall to provide a secluded space for your family to enjoy, as well as enhanced security for your property. However, you can’t build your fence at any height in most residential areas, especially waterfront properties. There are limits to commercial properties as well. Before you start planning your fence, you need to know your county’s regulations for fence construction to prevent any unwanted fees or fines and reconstruction costs.
How tall can I build my fence in Hillsborough county?
It comes as a surprise to many homeowners that there are restrictions on fence height at all, but the laws are quite complex. In general, your residential fence can be 6 feet tall, with the exception of waterfront properties which can be no higher than 4 feet. Commercial properties can build fences up to 8 feet tall in certain areas, while any fence that is at an intersection can be no more than 2 ½ feet. Certain exceptions apply, but typically we recommend 6 feet for residential properties and 8 feet for commercial ones, unless the property owner wants to go shorter.
Why are there restrictions on fence height?
While you may like the privacy of a taller fence, it impacts more than your property. A tall fence can block neighbors’ view, airflow, and sunlight if it is built too tall. It can also block the view of intersections or driveways, creating a driving hazard for others. Typically, front yard fences should be built shorter to accommodate driving visibility, but some fencing options like aluminum and chain link are more suitable for tall front yard fencing.
What happens if my fence is too tall?
While you can face fines and be forced to rebuild your fence if it is too tall, typically this only occurs if neighbors complain or if your fence is blocking road visibility. A 6 ½ foot fence is not likely to cause problems unlike an 8-foot fence in a residential area. However, FloriFence goes over all of these options with our clients to ensure their fence is both safe and within legal limits.
FloriFence can help you find the perfect height, style, and design for your fence. To learn more about your options and responsibilities before construction, contact us today!