With beautiful weather right around the corner, the County has received several inquiries about what is required to build a fence.
You do not need a permit to build a fence. However, fences do need to comply with the Fences Bylaw. Detailed information, diagrams and forms about the Fences By-law can be found at www.brant.ca/Fences.
Here are the highlights from the Fences By-law:
•There is no regulation that affects which way the “good” side of the fence faces. The home owner makes that determination
•The home owner should determine the property line by reviewing their property survey
•If there is a dispute or if the exact property line cannot be determined, an Ontario Land Surveyor should be consulted.
•If an owner wishes to construct a fence on the property line between two properties, they should discuss the fence proposal with their neighbours.
Fences on interior lots for properties zoned residential and agricultural:
•Front yard fences cannot be higher than 0.91 m (3 ft) and cannot obstruct the visibility of motorists or pedestrians
•Rear/side yard fences cannot be higher than 1.81 m (6 ft)
Fences on corner lots for properties zoned residential and agricultural:
•a fence not exceeding 0.91 metres (3 feet) in height may be erected within a front yard and an exterior side yard and shall not obstruct the visibility of motorists or pedestrians; and
•a fence not exceeding 1.81 metres (6 feet) in height may be erected within in an interior side yard, an exterior side yard and rear yard, provided the side fence is set back a minimum of 4.57 metres (15 feet) from the exterior side lot line.
It is strongly recommended that you contact the By-Law Enforcement Division prior to building a fence to ensure that it is in keeping with the By-law.
If your fence doesn’t meet these requirements, you can submit the Fences Variation Application Form for the County to review.
Please note, a permit is required for a swimming pool fence enclosure.
For information about fencing, diagrams and applications forms, visit: www.brant.ca/Fences or call 519.44-BRANT.