Tennessee is marked by thousands of miles of fence, a significant portion of which is devoted to marking boundaries between properties. In this blog, siding and fence contractor Masters Roofing shares an overview of residential zoning laws for fences, which can be helpful in case of disputes or if you need a new one built.
A fence that divides two properties is a partition fence, which, according to Tennessee’s partition fence law, is the responsibility of both property owners, even if only one needs a fence. Costs for building and maintenance are likewise to be shared equally, except when the fence separates agricultural and non-agricultural land. In this case, the owner of the non-agricultural land may submit a written document disclaiming responsibility for the fence.
Property owners on both sides of the fence can have their own arrangements on how they want to care for their fences, such as who does periodic cleaning, or if an exterior painting service will be required. In the event of a disagreement, the state has an out-of-court dispute resolution procedure that helps save time and the cost of litigation.
Residential Zoning Rules Affecting Fences
With the exception of local zoning rules, building ordinances and homeowner’s association covenants, fences are generally governed by the following:
Height — Generally, fence height shoulds generally should be no more than 3 feet high for the front fence, and no more than 6 feet for partition fences. Building permits may be required if the property requires taller fences.
Material — Some communities have rules on what kind of material can be used for fences. Wood, metal, and composite fencing are allowed in most, if not all, communities. Electric fences, on the other hand, are allowed under special circumstances.
Condition — Fences in poor condition, particularly if it poses a danger to property owners of either side, may violate zoning ordinances. For more information about applicable fence laws, consult your local homeowner’s association.
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