According to the Village of Baltimore’s Zoning Ordinance, a fence is any structure composed of wood, metal, stone, brick or other material erected to enclose, partially enclose, or divide any premises or parts of premises.
The following are the general regulations that apply to fences:
- Fences cannot exceed six (6) feet in height; fences in front yards cannot exceed four (4) feet in height.
- Chain link, mesh wire, barbed wire or similar sharp point fences are prohibited. Exceptions: Galvanized chain link fence with rolled over top wires with a horizontal support tube will be permitted in any residential district, other than planned districts.
- Electrically charged fences are prohibited, unless on sites of more than ten (10) acres used to confine livestock.
- All fences and walls must have the finished non-structural face outward.
- Fences cannot encroach on public right-of-ways or easements.
- Fences cannot be constructed on the property line or on or within any easement. All fences must have a minimum of one foot from the property line.
- All fences on one parcel must have a unified style.
- Fences cannot be constructed until surveyor pins are visible; if not, a survey must be done.
Application for Permit
The following are the procedures related to application process for a fence permit:
- A zoning permit application must be completed and submitted to the Zoning Administrator. There is a $50.00 fee for this permit.
- Once the permit has been reviewed for development standards, accuracy, and completeness, the Zoning Administrator will contact you to have the site staked out for a site review.
- Once the site review has been completed, a Zoning Permit will be issued. The permit will be accompanied by a card which must be posted while the work is being performed.
- The work approved by the Zoning Permit must be started within one year of the issuance of the permit and completed within two years.