In Nutley you should always call the Construction Department when you are planning a project, big or small, to see if a permit will be required. This could help make your project a success and avoid potential problems, which could cost you time and money. The Township fence codes are below as well as some other direct links to help you clarify your project. Academy Fence has been a leading fence contractor, installing many types of fence in Nutley since the 1960’s. Some reference photos are below. Thanks for visiting.
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A. No fences of any type shall be permitted in any front yard.
B. A fence erected along the side lines from the front line of a main structure to the rear line of such structure and within such lines shall not exceed four feet in height and shall be not less than two feet in height and shall be of 50% open construction (i.e., the open spaces in the fence shall be at least the same width of each picket, slat or other construction element of such fence). The setback for any such fence shall be in line with the furthest setback of the adjacent property or the property upon which the fence is being erected, whichever setback is greater.
C. A fence erected along the sidelines from the rear line of a main structure to the rear property line and along said rear property line and within such lines shall not exceed six feet in height and not be of solid construction. A stockade fence is hereby deemed to be of solid construction.
D. A fence erected on any corner lot shall conform to the fence requirements for the adjoining properties.
E. If, by the application of the provisions of this chapter, because of the location or position of any interior lots, the owners of lands along a common boundary line are restricted to the erection of fences of one or the other of two maximum heights, then, in such case, notwithstanding such provisions, all owners along said common boundary line shall be permitted to erect a fence of the greater maximum height, provided the fence so erected is the kind or type required by the provisions of this article.
F. No permit shall be issued for the construction of any fence, the apparent purpose of which is to obstruct light and air in relation to adjoining property for any fence which shall constitute a hazard, including but not limited to spike, barbed-wire, electrical fences and “spite” type fences. A spite-type fence is any fence that creates a detrimental impact on adjacent surrounding property owners, such as increased restricted use of a vehicle, creates a safety risk or potential motor vehicle damage.
G. The finished side of the fence, as determined by the Construction Official, shall face toward the direction of the adjoining properties.
H. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a stockade fence with no open construction may be erected in accordance with the location and height limitations contained in Subsection C hereof if the written consent of the adjoining property owner or owners is filed with the Construction Official.
I. Notwithstanding the foregoing, fences in all zones other than residential zones shall not exceed eight feet in height, and front yard fences shall also be permitted in such nonresidential zones, not including residential uses, subject to all other provisions of this chapter not inconsistent herewith.
J. All fences erected in a residential zone shall be located a minimum of four inches in from the property lines for fences that require a foundation. At no time can a fence either above or below ground encroach on the adjacent property.
Township of Nutley
Zoning and Building Department
Town Hall, 2nd Floor
1 Kennedy Drive,
Nutley, NJ 07110
Mon thru Fri, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Phone: (973) 284-4957
Fax: (973) 284-0071