40-7.25 Fences, Hedges, Walls and Vision Clearances.
a. No fence shall be erected of barbed wire, topped with metal spikes, or constructed
of any material or in any manner which may be dangerous to persons or animals, except
that fences permitted for commercial and industrial uses may be topped by a barbed wire
protective barrier. No fence shall be electrically charged.
b. Except as otherwise provided for in subsection 40-7.5, on any lot in any direction,
no hedge or fence shall be erected or altered so that the hedge or fence shall be over four
(4′) feet in height in any front yard area. No fence shall exceed six (6′) feet in height in
any yard unless otherwise provided. However, in the business and industrial zones, nonsolid
fences may be erected to a height not to exceed six (6′) feet for the protection of the
business and industrial premises, provided the same shall not extend beyond the building
line on any side facing the public street.
c. All fences, unless otherwise provided herein, shall be symmetrical in appearance,
posts separated by identical distances and fencing conforming to a definite pattern and
size of uniform design and separation. The same shall be kept in good repair, regularly
painted, good appearance and clean condition. The finished side of all fences and walls
shall be constructed to face toward the adjacent property.
d. Except as otherwise provided for in subsection 40-7.5, corner clearances shall be
maintained within that area bounded by the curb lines of the intersecting streets and a
diagonal joining the points on each curb line distance twenty (20′) feet from the point of
intersection, or in the case of a rounded corner, at a point of tangency. Within this area,
no structure, wall, embankment, terrace, porch, piazza, fence, hedge, sign, vegetation or
other obstruction other than shade trees trimmed to a distance of at least ten (10′) feet
above the curb line, shall be permitted above a height of two (2′) feet above the horizontal
plane through the curb line.
e. On park, recreation or school properties, open wire fences not exceeding eight (8′)
feet in height may be erected in the rear or side yard areas and behind the building
f. Fences specifically required or approved by the Municipal Agency or required by
other provisions of this chapter or other municipal and State regulations.
g. No fence shall be constructed or maintained nor shall any hedge be grown on the
street side of the property closer than four (4′) feet from the public sidewalk bordering the
premises. Such fences shall be of non-solid construction.
h. Tennis court fences, baseball and softball backstops and spectator protective
fencing are exempt from the requirements of this section provided they are not located
within any required yard area. Located outside of any required yard area, they are subject
to the height limitations of the particular zone district.
i. Fences which are painted shall be painted in only one (1) color, harmonious with
the surrounding area. Multi-colored fences are prohibited.
j. Fences shall be erected in a manner so as to permit the flow of natural drainage
and shall not cause surface water to be blocked or dammed to create ponding.
(Ord. No. 1992-32 § 7.25)