Planning & Development
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100 S. Myrtle Ave.
Clearwater, FL 33756
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Fences and Walls
Please be advised that before installing any fence or the wall you need to first obtain a building permit. It is also advisable that you speak with someone from Development Review Division in the Planning and Development Department prior to entering into any agreement to purchase a fence in order to be certain that you are able to install the fencing in the manner you intend. Please be sure you have a copy of your property survey prior to any meetings with Planning and Development Department staff.
The following are some of the general rules regarding fences in the City of Clearwater:
Fences placed within a required setback area shall be oriented so that the side of the fence facing or viewable from a right-of-way or an adjoining property is the finished side, with all support posts and stringers oriented inward toward the property upon which the fence is located.
Generally, fences located between a building and a front property line may have a maximum height of three feet (3'); however there are a few exceptions where the maximum height may be six feet (6').
Front Yard Exceptions
These exceptions are for the Medium Density Residential, Medium High Density Residential, High Density Residential, Mobile Home Park, Commercial, Tourist, Downtown, Office, Institutional, Industrial Research and Technology, Open Space/Recreation, and Preservation zoning districts where brick/masonry walls or walls comprised of masonry columns linked together by substantial grill work may be approved. Properties within the MDR and MHDR zoning districts must be approved through the Flexible Standard Development application process, while properties in the other zoning districts may be approved as part of the typical building permit application. Any fence or wall that exceeds three feet (3') in height and is located between any building and a right-of-way shall provide a three-foot (3') wide landscaped strip on the right-of-way side of the fence/wall.
Generally, fences located between a building and a side or rear property line may have a maximum height of six feet (6'); however there are a few exceptions where the maximum height may be eight feet (8'). Properties within the Industrial Research and Technology (IRT) zoning district may have a maximum height of eight feet (8') by right, and properties within the C zoning district may request this height through the Flexible Standard Development application process in order to buffer uses with drive-thru facilities, vehicle sales/displays, automobile service stations, outdoor retail sales, display and/or storage from residential zoning districts.
Fences proposed to be located within 20 feet of a property line adjacent to water or within a required setback, whichever is greater, must be non-opaque and cannot exceed a height of four feet (4').
A corner lot is a lot located at the intersection of two or more rights-of-way. With regard to fence placement on corner lots, the front shall be the portion of the property from which it is addressed, and fences must meet those requirements related to the "front." The other side of the corner may be permitted to meet the requirements related to a "side," provided certain provisions are met. Please refer to Community Development Code Section 3-804.D for information on these provisions.
A double frontage lot is a lot bounded on opposite or approximately opposite sides by rights-of-way. With regard to fence placement on double-frontage lots, the front shall be the portion of the property from which it is addressed, and fences must meet those requirements related to the "front." The opposite side of the property may be permitted to meet the requirements related to a "rear," provided certain provisions are met. Please refer to Community Development Code Section 3-804.E for information on these provisions.
Chain link fences are prohibited anywhere within the Downtown District, and between any building and a right-of-way in all other districts. Chain link fences located between a building and a side or rear property line may not exceed four feet (4') in height or six feet (6') if clad with green or black vinyl. However, if the side or rear property line is adjacent to a right-of-way the chain link fence is prohibited. All chain link fences shall be landscaped with a continuous hedge or a non-deciduous robust growing vine.
In all zoning districts except for the Downtown District, chain link fences clad with green or black vinyl are permitted to secure any vacant lot. Such fences may not exceed a height of six feet (6') and must be landscaped with a continuous hedge or a non-deciduous robust growing vine.
A swimming pool may be enclosed with a four foot (4') high fence or wall regardless of the location of the swimming pool.
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