What to Know About Fencing Permits in Florida

At FloriFence, we ensure that every project we take on is safe, legal and will produce a long-lasting fence for our clients. We take special care to design fencing that will not only meet your needs but that will look good for decades and will comply with local Hillsborough and surrounding county regulations. However, this does put some limitations on design options for residential and commercial properties. 

Before you begin your fence project you should know what is expected from your local government authority. Below are a few of the common legal guidelines for fence construction in Florida, and what is and is not required of property owners: 

You do not need a permit to build a fence for a small residential property. 

One or two-family properties are typically not required to get a permit before building a fence, as long as it does not exceed six feet and complies with local regulations. However, you may need a permit if the fence exceeds six feet, is on a commercial property, or is made of solid material (such as concrete as opposed to a wood privacy fence). 

You are not required to have a fence unless you have a pool. 

While you can build a fence without a permit on most residential properties, you are not required to unless you have a pool on your property. Pools in Florida are required to be fenced in and meet certain regulations, regardless of whether they are on residential or commercial property. However, if you don’t have a pool, you are not required to, which means you are not financially responsible for boundary fences your neighbors want to build.

Fencing in Florida has some design limitations. 

Fences can be no taller than six feet for residential properties and eight feet for commercial properties. In addition to height limitations, you are not allowed to build fences with certain materials, such as barbed wire or electric fencing, without special permitting as an agricultural or high-security facility. You must also construct fencing with safe materials, such as: 

  • Vinyl
  • Wood
  • Aluminum
  • Wrought iron
  • Natural material (such as hedges)

If you have more questions about permitting, design options, and general guidelines for fence installations in Florida, give FloriFence a call today! 

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