Getting HOA Approval For Your Fence

What You Should Know About Getting HOA Approval For Your New Fence

Once you have decided to replace your fence, it is important to check with the city and your neighborhood HOA to find out what limitations there are to what style and height is allowed for your new fence. If you don’t follow their guidelines, you may face fines and even be forced to remove your fence! Some HOA’s do not require approval for a fence replacement, as long as you stick to their guidelines for the height and style of fence.

Your HOA may have a surprising number of fence related rules. They can dictate the style, height, and type of fence. They may also have standards for fence upkeep and maintenance. You can find your HOA rules, including those about fences, in a legal document called the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&R). Be sure to check for any additional documents which clarify and elaborate on these rules. You might consider meeting with someone at your HOA in addition to doing the reading. It never hurts to associate a friendly face with your request and make sure you have all of your bases covered, especially if you have a unique request for a project.

When you know the dos and don’ts for fences in your community, you are ready to start preparing your proposal. This is the ideal time to schedule estimates with local fence companies in order to gather as much information as you can about your future fence. Depending on your HOA, you might need to include details about the material you intend to use, pictures of the style and type of fence, and/or drawings showing the proposed location of your fence. Although we do not deal directly with your HOA, we can help you get all the information you need to submit for approval. Before you submit the paperwork to your HOA, double check everything and make sure there is nothing you missed. After making any necessary edits, make a copy for your own records. Send in your request and follow up to make sure it has been received. If possible, get a confirmation of receipt in writing.

It may take a few weeks to receive a final decision. With luck and some careful planning, you will get the green light to go ahead with your fence as planned. If your fence installation proposal is initially rejected, you can request a meeting to ask specific questions or file an appeal. Be prepared for a long haul, though. Homeowner’s Associations often meet infrequently and are sometimes slow to respond to requests. Putting your best foot forward with your fence proposal can help you avoid a prolonged back and forth and get the fence you want, when you want it.

We have replaced fences in many neighborhoods in the DFW area, and can help if you have questions about HOA approval. Call us today for a free fence replacement estimate! (940)220-9099 or, use the form below to request an estimate.

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