If your neighborhood has a homeowners’ association, or HOA, then there is a good chance you will need approval before adding a fence to your home. It’s important to seek this approval, along with any permits required in your town, before your fence installation begins in order to avoid delays and fines in the future. Dealing with an HOA isn’t always easy, but these tips will help you get your new fence approved quickly, so you can start enjoying it as soon as possible.
Consult the CC&Rs
Each HOA has a set of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions, or CC&Rs. The CC&Rs set the rules for your community and may address everything from behavioral guidelines to rules for home additions. There is a good chance that your CC&Rs address guidelines that are specific to fence installation. The rules may dictate which materials are acceptable for fences, what colors your fence can be, and how high your fence can be. These rules should form the baseline of your fence design. If you want to install a fence that is not currently allowed according to your HOA guidelines, you may have to file an appeal with the board or face fines.
Present Your Plans
In some cases, HOAs don’t require direct approval of your fence installation as long as you attempt to follow the CC&Rs in good faith. However, other HOAs require approval before the installation can begin. File detailed plans with your HOA, including information about the fence materials, design, and height. Failing to provide complete information to your HOA could lead to a delay.
Give Yourself Ample Time
Some HOA boards have infrequent meetings and only look at proposals from residents at those times. Find out the typical approval time from your HOA and be sure to submit your plans far enough in advance so that there aren’t any delays in your fence installation plan.
Paramount Fence, Inc. offers high-quality fence installation in Chicagoland of chain link, wood, metal, and ornamental fences as well as repairs to existing fences. To find out more information, call 630-239-2714.