For building or repairing a fence, it is advisable to get a professional. In doing so, you will ensure that your fence complies with municipal requirements as well as stand the test of time.
After all, any renovation project, whether large or small, costs money and affects the value of your home.
If you are planning a fence renovation, below are some things to consider.
Do you need a permit to build a fence?
As a rule of thumb, it is always advisable to check with your local municipality.
The fence must not encroach on the right-of-way of public roads. It must be at least 1 meter away from the sidewalk and more than 1.5 meters from a fire hydrant.
In Ontario, homeowners must obtain a fence exemption before putting in a new fence. If the existing fence fails to meet the fence requirements, a homeowner can be issued a notice of violation.
While most cities in Canada don’t require a permit for a residential fence, you still need to confirm it with your City Planning Office because each city has different rules. There are also height restrictions for every city so make sure to know your city’s requirements.
Know and respect Property Lines
Check your property lines before doing any repairs or installing a new fence. Know the bylaws regarding the height and appearance for fences in your area or neighborhood.
You also need to check with utility companies regarding utility lines and to mark them before you dig anything.
Even if you are just repairing the fence, it is a good idea to check that it was installed in the right place.
Do a damage assessment.
Assess your needs before beginning any repairs. This step can help you save on costs and ensure that any repair or replacement to your fence is done properly and will last long. It is recommended that you ask a fence professional to do this for you.
If a fence is damaged extensively, it may not be worth repairing and must be replaced entirely. Again, a fence contractor is the best person to tell you what your options are to ensure your time and investment is not wasted.