Are there permit, height, or location requirements for fences?

Yes; see Sec. 23-5.2.2(3) of the Zoning Ordinance. Generally speaking, residential fences cannot exceed 10 feet in height, except in the front yard where the limit is 4 feet. Under typical circumstances, zoning approval is not needed for fences, nor is there a requirement that the “pretty” side of a fence face a certain direction. Barbed or electrified fences have special restrictions. Corner lots have special "sight distance" restrictions at the intersection of the streets. Property owners are encouraged to contact Zoning staff with any fence-related questions.

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1. How can I find the zoning of my property?
2. Is a permit needed for a small garden shed? What about an agricultural/farm building?
3. What are the regulations for keeping chickens at my house?
4. Can I keep bee hives at my house?
5. Am I allowed to keep farm animals on my property?
6. Are there any restrictions on how tall the grass in a yard can be?
7. How many inoperable or junk vehicles are allowed on a property?
8. Are there permit, height, or location requirements for fences?
9. Where can I find a plat of my property?
10. What are the requirements for mobile food trucks?
11. Can I operate a daycare in my home?
12. What are the regulations for home-based businesses?
13. Is there a restriction on how many people can live in a house?
14. What type of approval is needed to host events?
15. Am I allowed to shoot guns on my property?
16. What are the zoning requirements for solar panel installations?
17. Where can I find commercial sign requirements?
18. How do I request a zoning confirmation letter?
19. Who do I contact for a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request?
20. How can I request a "no-wake" buoy on Lake Anna?