By-law Summary: Fencing Rules and Regulations for Fencing in Cambridge

When considering a fence project or an enclosure around your pool, don’t get caught with by-law complaints leading to costs for re-work or fines on your fences. Jay Fencing is your expert advisor on planning and installing by-law-compliant perimeters. For residents who aren’t sure about whether their existing fence is by-law compliant, feel free to contact us for more information. The information provided is a summary of key items and is in no way a substitute for an actual review of by-laws on property maintenance which may be found here.

city of cambridge logoCambridge By-Laws Resources Relating to Fencing

Once your fencing or pool project is complete, the last thing you want is to be served a notice of by-law infraction. This may  lead a homeowner to have to pay for additional materials and labour to comply with city by-laws. The following content is a summary of key by-law related documents:

If you are planning a fence project in Cambridge it is highly encouraged that you review the by-law or engage with a knowledgeable service provider to ensure your project is compliant.

Getting Started with Fencing for Swimming Pools & Hot Tubs

There are many factors to consider when endeavoring to be by-law compliant. Here are four quick facts that you should know before getting started.

  1. A copy of a survey (plot plan) showing the location of the pool on the site and its distance from all other structures and property lines.
  2. A simple description of the pool (in-ground or above ground).
  3. A diagram of the type of protection (fence) you will be constructing around the pool or hot tub.
  4. An application (obtainable from the Planning Services Department, 73 Water Street North, 3rd floor, Cambridge Place).

backyard poolSummary of By-Law for Fences Enclosing Pool or Hot Tub

  • Fences must be at least 1.5 metres.
  • Chain linked fences are permitted provided they meet regulations.
  • Be aware of the different regulations for above ground and in-ground pools.
  • For wood fences, a lattice for top portion is permitted provided they meet regulations.
  • Save on materials of your fence by using an existing dwelling, building, or accessory building, or part thereof, to enclose your pool.
  • Make sure hot tubs have a tight fitted cover with a locking device or are protected with a 1.5 m minimum high fence.
  • Ensure there are no climbable objects or apparatuses. In such cases, your fence must be 1.5 metres higher than the climbable object or apparatus to meet standards.

IMG_1704Key Items: Fences that do not Enclose Pools or Hot Tubs

For fences that do not guard pools/hot tubs, no permit is required by the city. There are, however, rules stipulating the height, location, and type of fence permitted. The by-law can be framed in the perspective of residential and commercial/industrial stipulations, based on applicable zoning by-law.

Commercial, Industrial, Institutional

  • Barbed wire and snow fencing are permitted for protection of property.
  • A machine generating electric current to project or used in conjunction to a fence is permitted only for farm fences in agricultural zones.
  • Generally, if a fence is located in the back of a building the maximum height is 2.4 metres.
  • For fences located between front lot and building line the maximum height is 2.4 metres.

Residential (based on by-law zoning)

  • Barbed wire is prohibited as a form of fencing.
  • Snow fencing  is allowed but is not to be permanently placed.
  • Generally, if a fence is located in the back of a building the maximum height is 2.1 metres.
  • For fences located between front lot and building line the maximum height is 0.9 metres.

Common Rules

  • For corner lots, fences may be permitted to be erected up t0 2.1 metres unless it is within the corner of the property where it may only stand up to 0.75 metres.

Amendments

There are instances in which you may have a just cause in installing a fence that does not comply with by-laws. These situations may be reviewed and in some cases, City Council may approve modified fences.

Resources for Fencing

The following are some resources provided by the city of Cambridge to help you plan and apply for requisite permits.

Pool Requirement for public
Pool Commitment Form
Fence-By-law 92-05
Fence By-law Amendment Application  Form
Pool Permit Application

Jay Fencing Frees You from Dealing with Fencing Rules and Regulations

Having worked with clients who owned properties of all shapes and sizes, we have the understanding and practical know-how to ensure great looking fences that meet by-laws in Cambridge. Here is what others have said about Jay Fencing:

The fence looks great & I’m very happy. Keep up the good work, Louise
Wood FenceWood FenceGuelph

 

 

The best way to determine which fencing option is right for you is to reach out to Jay Fencing Ltd. Let Jay Fencing deal with the fine print and by-laws while you focus on your business and family, all at the very best value. With Jay Fencing you can expect these services every time we serve you:

  • Careful consideration of community requirements.
  • Personal and property security.
  • Privacy for your family as we construct your project.
  • Protected play zone for children and pets.
  • Over 28 years of experience delivering quality service to our clients.

We service customers everywhere from Stratford to Brantford,  Mississauga to Fergus, and everywhere in between. Book a consultation today and Jay Fencing can help you pick the right perimeter for your property.

Note: For alignment with specific municipal conventions the spelling of by-law or by-law may be used.

Bylaw Summary: Fencing rules and regulations for fencing in Kitchener

When considering a fence project or an enclosure around your pool, don’t get caught red-handed by bylaw complaints leading to costs for re-work or fines($5000 maximum) on your fences. Jay Fencing is your expert advisor on planning and installing bylaw-compliant perimeters. This article features a highlight of resources for those planning a fencing project followed by key items to consider when building residential or commercial perimeters.

kitchener logo Kitchener Bylaws Resources Relating to Fencing

Once your fencing or pool project is complete, the last thing you want is to be served a notice of bylaw infraction. This may  lead a homeowner to have to pay for additional materials and labour to comply with city bylaws. The following content is a summary of key bylaw related documents:

The information provided is a summary of key items and is in no way a substitute for an actual review of by-laws on property maintenance which may be found here.

Key Topics for Fencing Rules and Regulationsbylaw focus topics

Results of Nonconformance

If changes are not made to conform to bylaws on receipt of a complaint to the City’s Bylaw Enforcement offices, the following things may happen:

  • Legal action will be taken against you by the city
  • A maximum fine for non-compliance of $5000
  • Additional costs required to modify your fencing perimeter

Driveway Gates

  • Driveway fencing along with a gate are permitted, providing the gate is at least 2.59 meters (8.5ft.) wide

Electrical /Barbed Wire Fenceselectric barbwire fence

Both types of fences are prohibited from residential properties.

  • Electrical and barbed wire fences are both permitted on agriculture properties for the purpose of containing livestock
  • Barbed wire fences are permitted on these bases as well:
    • The wire sits on top of a fence on top of a commercial property, with wires projecting towards the property
    • For recreational, operational, or storage facilities owned and operated by City of Kitchener

Things to Know When Building a Residential Fence

  • A permit to construct a fence is only required if it encloses a  swimming pool
  • If an exemption is required from the Fence Bylaw an application may be submitted for minor deviations to the City Hall – see here for more info
  • For interior lots(property located in the middle of the block) fences can be a maximum height of:
    • Front yard max height: 0.93 metres (3 ft.)
    • Rear/side yards max height: 2.4 metres (8ft.)
  • For corner lots fences can be a maximum height of:
    • Front yard max height: 0.9 metres (3 ft.) high, within 1.5 metres (5 ft.) of the side lot abutting a street and within any driveway (DVT -see red circle) or corner visibility triangle(CVT – see green circle in image), including a neighbour’s driveway.
    • Alternative front yard max height: 1.82 metres (6ft.) high if the fence is set back at least 1.5 metres (5 ft.) from the side lot abutting a street.
    • Rear and interior side yards max height2.4 metres (8 ft.) if they are set back a minimum of 4.5 metres (15 ft.) from the side lot abutting a street

Things to Know When Building a Fence for Industrial or Commercial Lots

In this instance, the same rules for bylaws apply for residential properties (interior and corner lots) except:

  • Fences can be erected to enclose a front yard if these requirements are satisfied:
    • Minimum distance away from front line: 7.62 metres (25 ft.) from the front line and must not be located within the corner visibility triangle (see image above with red annotations)

Summary of Pool Enclosure Requirements

pool enclosure requirementsHere is an excerpt of the Pool Enclosure Requirements listed in the resources section of the article. These stipulations help ensure the safety and economic use of space for your family, commercial business, and the community.

  • Minimum height of pool enclosure/gate: 1.52 metres ( 5 ft.)
  • Minimum height of pool enclosure:
    • Space between fence and grade not to exceed: 0.10 metres (4 inches)
    • Fence components running horizontally, vertical distance between components must be at least: 0.91 metres (3 ft.) apart or
    • Minimum height of pool enclosure: 0.04 metres (1.5 inches)
    • Distance from fences that do not meet provisions, minimum: 1 metres (3.28 ft.) away
    • If your pool enclosure is within 1 metre (3.28 ft.) of a fence that does not meet provisions , the height of the pool enclose must be at least 2.44 metre (8 ft.) in height

Additional Stipulations:

  • Every aspect of fence enclosing a swimming pool will restrict access into the enclosed area
  • No person shall place or lean a moveable object against the enclosure that aids in the climbing of the fence
  • Access for ladders or stairs  to above ground pools must be locked or supervised by an adult
  • A pool is not permitted to be filled with water unless it has been enclosed in accordance with provisions (indicated here in full)

Jay Fencing Frees You from Dealing with Fencing Rules and Regulations

Having worked with clients who owned properties of all shapes and sizes, we have a deep understanding and practical know how ensuring great looking fences that meet bylaws in your city. Here is what others have said about Jay Fencing:

The fence looks great & I’m very happy. Keep up the good work, Louise
Wood FenceWood FenceGuelph

 

 

The best way to determine which fencing option is for you is to reach out to Jay Fencing Ltd. Let Jay Fencing deal with the fine print and bylaws while you focus on your business and family, all at the very best value. With Jay Fencing you can expect these services every time we serve you:

  • Careful consideration to community requirements
  • Personal and property security
  • Privacy
  • Protected play for children and pets
  • Over 28 years of experience delivering quality service to Kitchener-Waterloo clients

We service customers everywhere from Stratford, to Brantford, to Mississauga, to Fergus and everyone in between. Book a consultation today and Jay Fencing can help you pick the right perimeter for your property.

The Benefits of Composite and Vinyl decks

For those who are thinking about installing or upgrading their decks, it is critical to be aware of the many factors that can either improve or hamper your home decor and real estate value.  Jay Fencing can help you plan and install the right deck for your home or commercial property.

Both vinyl and composite decks are more expensive than wood decks but are worth the extra cost given less maintenance, higher durability and longer life expectancy. For those that are more cost and environmental conscious composite decks are the better choice. While owners who are less concerned about cost and environmental impact and instead desiring the best in longevity and ease of maintenance vinyl decks are the best choice. This article will help you further understand what are the relative differences between each type of deck, their benefits, and also cost considerations.

What are Composite and Vinyl Decks?

There are numerous options in terms of material for a deck project.  The following two options are particularly important to understand as we highlight composite and vinyl decks.

Composite decks – are fabricated from wood and recycled plastic during manufacturing of the deck boards.
Vinyl decks –  are produced exclusively from plastic, this is also typically referred to as virgin vinyl.
Wood (Pressure Treated) –  Pressure treated wood is placed through a process that infuses chemical preservatives into the wood, improving its resilience to damage from insects and decay.
Tile Decks – Tiled squares made of wood laid out and arranged without glue or other types of adhesive.

Comparison of Types of Decks

The following factors are key considerations for a deck project, not only in terms of immediate costs but also with consideration to long-term maintenance, life expectancy, and the environment. The analysis also provides a view into how the materials can be adapted to suit your property.

Material Cost – The upfront costs of purchasing the material.
Environmental Impact – Gauges the extent of use of recycled products.
Maintenance Cost – Costs associated with ensuring a functional look and feel.
Adaptability – How flexible is the material to your home layout or aesthetics.
Life Expectancy – On average the quality of life expectancy of the material.

The following chart gauges  the key qualities when choosing a deck material, based on findings from a business in Pennsylvania. It provides insights to begin understanding the considerations to be made in finding a deck that is the right fit.

comparison of wood tile composite vinyl deck materials

Benefits of Decking Materials

Knowing the benefits of the different types of decking materials is helpful in considering the costs of a decking project. Having worked with a number of materials, customers often get the greatest value from composite and vinyl materials. To help customers think through which material would be best, cost estimates from Popular Mechanics have also been provided as an illustration; contact Jay Fencing for up to date pricing on deck materials.

Composite Decks

Composite wood decking is appreciated for its light footprint on the environment and practical maintenance qualities. Here are some benefits and data points on costs associated with the compose wood option.

Benefits

  • Less maintenance than pure wood decks and can be cleaned with typical household items
  • Durable and can withstand rotting/weathering due to its composition materials compared to PT Wood
  • Environmentally friendly as it is often created with recyclable materials

Costs – Composite on average is more economical than wood

Popular Mechanic notes: Prices vary because there are so many [manufacturers], but composites are typically less expensive than plastic lumber. For example, for 5/4 x 6-­in. decking, expect to pay about $2.50 per linear foot for composites, and $3 per linear foot for plastic lumber. Composite decks also run comparatively with Vinyl decks.

Vinyl Decks

Vinyl decking offers a lower maintenance cost and life expectancy supported as it is resistant to degradation factors like bug attacks, splinters, and cracks.

Benefits

  • Resistant to fading and splinters compared to PT Wood decks
  • Quality of materials resists common erosion elements
  • Long life expectancy
  • Low maintenance

Costs -lower up-front costs than wood
doityouself.com notes that pure (virgin) vinyl decking that doesn’t contain wood pulp is the only type of composite decking that may save you money in the long run. Though due to the specialized solutions required to clean vinyl, there are additional maintenance costs and could be 75% more costly than wood.

Jay Fencing Choice Service Provider for Decks

Here is what some of our recent satisfied customers  have said when they got in touch with Jay Fencing:

Hi Dave: Just wanted to let you know that Jon and I are very pleased with the work your company did. The deck looks awesome and the guys left the work site spotless. They have such a great work ethic! Thanks for everything. We’ll be sure to recommend Jay Fencing to our friends and family. Donna
Donna BoydWATERLOO

 

 

Decks can improve the look and function of every yard and every home. Jay Fencing provides high-quality decks in a variety of styles and materials, so you can enjoy the benefits of a customized deck experience. Call us today  and one of our professionals will come to your home to discuss cost, placement and your personal preferences for our decks in Waterloo and surrounding areas.

We service customers everywhere from Stratford, to Brantford, to Mississauga, to Fergus and everywhere in between. Book a consultation today and Jay Fencing can help you pick the right perimeter for your property.

Sources:

http://greatrailing.com/blog/composite-decking-vs-vinyl-decking/

http://www.landscapingnetwork.com/decks/tiles.html

http://www.quickenloans.com/blog/pros-cons-composite-decks

http://lancasterdeckbuilder.com/comparedeckmaterials.htm

Wood Fence vs Lattice Fence vs Chain Link Fence

Are you aware of the cost, security, and privacy differences between wood, lattice, and chain linking fences? Jay Fencing provides high quality fencing services to commercial and residential properties, let our expert and friendly team help you today.

Here is what some of our recent clients have said when they got in touch with Jay Fencing:

The fence looks great & I’m very happy. Keep up the good work, Louise
Wood FenceWood FenceGuelph

Wood Fence vs Lattice Fence vs Chain Link Fence Overview

The following chart compares wood, lattice, and chain link fencing option we provide against one another. Knowing the pro’s and con’s of each type of fencing can be the difference to a safe and functional living environment for your workplace or family. First up we provide you with an analysis based on 5 value areas to guide a decision on an appropriate fencing solution.

  • Cost – refers to the installation and maintenance costs associated with a fencing option
  • Durability – assess the strength of the fencing option to withstand various climates along with wear and tear
  • Asethetic appeal – quality of visual and design appeal
  • Privacy – the amount of enclose and the extent of visibility and sound reduction around the secured perimeter
  • Security – represents how resilient the average design can handle intrusion without specialized technology
comparison of wood lattice and chain linked fencing

Pros and Cons of Fencing Options

Wood Fence

Wood Fence

Wood Fence

  • Pros: Wood fences offer a natural look and feel, providing a tight enclosure to ensure greater levels of privacy compared to other options. It offers a functional level of aesthetic appeal due to the unique tints and hues that come along with aging or different types of wood. The security offered by this enclosure also provides a basic level of defense against intruders.
  • Cons: Due to the shelf life of wood aging over time, these fences can incur further costs for maintenance and upkeep -particularly when the paint or wood colors begin to fade. Wood also tends to get damaged if there are collisions or projectile impact that could scratch and tarnish the surface.
  • Applicable property: This type of fencing solution is commonly used for residential properties.

Lattice Fence

Lattice Fencing

Lattice Fencing

  • Pros : The lattice fence visually offers a  mix between the wood and chain linking options. It’s strongest feature is it’s visually intriguing fence headers which offer an accented decor. This fencing option provides a more open atmosphere and is great for homes that love entertaining guests.
  • Cons: Lattice fence offers limited amount of privacy due to the design. It also performs behind the other options in terms of durability, preferring a visual appeal instead.
  • Applicable property: This type of fencing is typically suited for residential properties. Though the hospitality and art industry do tend to break the mould every now and then.

 

Chain Link Fencing

Commercial Chain Link

Commercial Chain Link

  • Pros: This option offers a strong mix of durability, security, visual design, and is cost-effective. The Chain links can withstand a greater amount of impact and wear and tear compared to the above options. Chain fencing is minimal, so that it doesn’t take attention away from the architecture of your home.
  • Cons: Despite it’s many benefits, the chain link fencing is set back by limited privacy as the trade off in visual design particularly around material layout doesn’t provide as much sound and visual buffering as the wood options.
  • Applicable property: Due to it’s versatility the chain link fencing can be used for both commercial and residential perimeter solutions.

 

The best way to determine which fencing option is for you is to reach out to Jay Fencing Ltd. We help you plan the ideal perimeter to suit your needs, all at the very best value. With Jay Fencing you can expect these services every time we serve you:

  • Careful consideration to community requirements
  • Personal and property security
  • Privacy
  • Protected play for children and pets
  • Over 28 years of experience delivering quality service to Kitchener-Waterloo clients

We service customers everywhere from Stratford, to Brantford, to Mississauga, to Fergus and everyone in between. Book a consultation today and Jay Fencing can help you pick the right perimeter for your property.

 

Wrought Iron Fence Pictures – 25 Of The Most Eye Catching Designs

Looking for Ideas for Home Fencing?

Are you looking for ideas for a fencing project for your property? Get inspired with this collection of eye catching fencing designs. Jay Fencing is the partner of choice for your home or commercial fencing provider, we offer a variety of designs to suit your needs. For availability of fencing designs, contact us here.

Wrought Iron Fence Pictures

Designs To Inspire Your Own Project

Gallery  Featuring the Works of Talented People

If you were impressed by the designs featured in the gallery above feels free to visit Susan Cohan and Fence Hub  to see more stellar and gravitating designs.

Susan Cohan

About Susan: Susan Cohan, APLD is the principal of Susan Cohan Gardens, a boutique design studio which specializes in residential landscape design. She an award winning, nationally certified landscape designer and is well-known in the landscape and design communities for her design work and for her writing about design. Her residential landscapes for private clients and concept gardens are frequently published and have won numerous awards.

Images in the gallery can be found at:
https://www.pinterest.com/susancohan/fences-and-gates/

Fence Hub

About Fence Hub: Fence Hub’s mission is to be your trusted source for the most comprehensive and up-to-date information for planning, designing and building a new fence.  Fence Hub is located in sunny Seattle, Washington.

Images in the gallery above can be found at:
https://www.pinterest.com/fencehub/wrought-iron-fences/

Call on Jay Fencing Ltd. to help you to plan the ideal enclosure to suit you and your needs, all at the very best value. With Jay Fencing you can expect these differentiators ever time we serve you:

  • Careful consideration to community requirements
  • Personal and property security
  • Privacy
  • Protected play for children and pets
  • Over 28 years of experience delivering quality service to Kitchener-Waterloo clients

We service customers everywhere from Stratford, to Brantford, to Mississauga, to Fergus and everything in between.

 

Here is what customers have been saying about Jay Fencing:

Just happened to drop by and they’re doing a wonderful job….trimmed both new gates AND volunteered to adjust front gate before they leave….thanks ever so much! We really love the job the guys did …great company to deal with!
TerryWood Fence/GatesKitchener

 

Our staff would be delighted to share even more ideas with your for your fencing project. To take advantage of this no cost, no obligation service simply give us a call or email us.