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Bylaw Summary: Fencing Rules and Regulations for Fencing in Waterloo

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 of ($350- $25,000 for first offences) on your fences. Jay Fencing is your expert advisor on planning and installing by-law compliant perimeters that also impress visually. 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.

city of waterloo logoWaterloo 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 by-law 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 by-law related documents:

bylaw focus topicsKey Items for Fencing Rules and Regulations

For those considering a fence for properties or for enclosing a pool, it is important to be aware of these points before starting a project.

  • When a permit is required: A permit is not required to build a fence unless you are enclosing a pool or adding a hot tub.
  • Residential penalties for non-conformance: $350-$25,000 for first time offence. A maximum of $50,000 for additional offences.
  • Corporation penalties for non-conformance: Maximum of $50,000 for first offence, and maximum of $100,000 for additional offences.
  • Ensure Fences do not obstruct visibility for pedestrians or motorists and do not encroach onto city property.
  • Daylight corner restrictions: No fences are permitted to be erected in the daylight corner to ensure sight lines are not obstructed.
  • Exemptions: The fence variance committee reviews and decisions on fencing exemption requests.

fencing rules and regulationsThings to Know for Fencing Pools or Hot Tubs

Before adding a fence around a pool or hot tub, be sure to apply for a permit and to adhere to these regulations. These points are provided as a general guideline to plan and build pool enclosures and are not substitutes for Waterloo by-laws. Please see here for full by-law information.

  • Prevent circumvention of enclosure: It is prohibited to arrange objects or materials to help a person gain access to the pool by bypassing the enclosure.
  • Minimum height: 1.52 metres (5 feet) measured by effective ground level on the outside of the pool.
  • Maximum enclosure opening diameter: 38 millimetres (1.5 inches) to prevent balls or frisbees from entering, not relating to the gate portion.

Fences that are not chain link or wood lattice

  • Minimum horizontal distance between rails: 1.22 metres (4 feet) measured by effective ground level on the outside of the pool.
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  • Maximum opening diameter: 10 centimetres (4 inches).

Chain link or wood lattice fences

  • Minimum horizontal distance between rails: 1.83 metres (6 feet) measured by effective ground level on the outside of the pool.
  • Maximum opening diameter: 50 millimetres (2 inches). See by-law for additional requirements of lattice or horizontal louvers.
  • Minimum distance from fence or structure: 0.6 metres (2 feet).
  • Minimum distance from pools/hot tub: 0.9 metres (3 feet).
  • Minimum distance from pools/hot tub: 1.22 metres 4(feet) for enclosures that are formed using part of building wall.

The city of Waterloo further stipulates requirements for temporary fencing during construction, temporary pools, gates, and entrances through buildings. These may be reviewed under section 11 and onwards from the by-law.

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Things to Know for General Fencing

Before adding a fence the key to success is knowing and planning for by-law compliance so property owners can save money on re-work or by-law fines. The notes below are provided as a general guideline to plan and build pool enclosures and are not substitutes for Waterloo by-laws; please see here for full by-law information.

  • Prohibitions on fencing: Fences made of barbed wire or that are electrified are not permitted.
  • Prohibitions for fencing on city land: No person shall erect a fence on City property, including any highway, without expressed consent of the city.
  • Replacement of materials: No person shall replace any section of a fence with anything other than similar suitable materials, so as to not appear unsightly.

Residential Zones

  • Maximum height rear and side yard: 2.44 metres (8 feet).
  • Maximum height visibility triangle and front yard: 2.44 metres (8 feet).
  • Maximum height flankage yard: 1.83 metres (6 feet).

measuring rulerOther Zones (including commercial, industrial, agricultural zones)

  • Maximum height: 3.04 metres (10 feet).

Residential Privacy Screens

  • Minimum distance from any property line: 0.9 metres (3 feet).
  • Maximum height: 2.44 metres (8 feet).
  • Additional height provided: 0.3 metres (1 foot) for each additional 0.3 metres ( 1 foot) that privacy screen is setback.
  • Threshold for additional height allowance: 3.04 metres ( 10 feet) if ground level or 2 metres (6 feet 5 inches) above a deck or platform if erected on the deck or platform.

The city of Waterloo further stipulates requirements for privacy screens, visibility triangles, grade elevation differences between lots, and additional prohibitions. These details may be reviewed from the by-law.

Let Jay Fencing Help Simplify Your Next Fencing Project

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

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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
  • Protected play 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.

Definitions
The following definitions are sourced from section 1.1 of the by-law:
Visibility triangle – Means the area within a triangle formed by measuring a prescribed distance along two specified intersecting lines and a third line joining the terminal points of the two measured lines.
Flankage yard – Means the yard extended to the rear lot line, between the longer lot line abutting a highway and the nearest wall of the main building, or the building line on a corner lot.  This, however, will not include any portion designated as a front yard.

Sound barrier fence – Avoid These Mistakes

Putting up a wall between you and a noisy neighbour or a busy road will not be effective unless you know the common pitfalls of the process and how to avoid them. Jay Fencing has experience working with an extensive portfolio of sound barrier designs and installations using outdoor fences. Click here to find out how we can help you install or design your best bet against noise distractions for your home and business. This article highlights key mistakes made when installing or designing a sound barrier, including using the wrong materials, limited effectiveness due to fence height, forgetting to check for gaps, ensuring your fence is completely grounded, and not understanding the nature or source of the sound.

Fences may take time to build, but with a sound plan in place along with an experienced hand, your design can come to life much more quickly than you expected. Here is a video from an unrelated source on their time lapsed home fencing project:

sound barrier fence opening logoBenefits of a Sound Barrier Fence

There are property owners who have never looked into installing a sound barrier fence. Here are a handful of reasons why a fence my help. A barrier helps keep sound from neighbouring properties or passing traffic from entering your home and distracting your family or business from what is important. The opposite is also true –  when discussions or family events are happening, opting for a sound barrier provides privacy, reducing the risk that others can ascertain what is happening on your property. For those who reside in places that regularly experience high winds, having a barrier can make all the difference for a night of undisturbed sleep.

Unsound Ways of Installing or Designing a Fence

Despite the intent of safeguarding a home or workplace, with a sound barrier fence, there are many pitfalls or approaches that may actually hamper the effectiveness of your perimeter. Here are a number of common mistakes or pitfalls that you may encounter. Here are 5 common issues when embarking on a sound barrier fencing project:

1 -Choosing the Wrong Material

Noisehelp.com suggests using the right materials with critical mass that help block out sounds. Options for the fence may include: wood (cedar, redwood), steel sheeting, straw bales, and rammed earth. Consideration of the right material must also take into account the type of pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area, and the climate that you reside or work in. Residential Acoustic further notes that owners and designers should be wary of materials that were intended for indoor use, as climate factors like heat can quickly degrade the resource and hamper its sound protection quality. For those who have already invested in a fence with material that may not be ideal, feel free to check out a sound barrier add-on to fences using Acoustifence. If you aren’t sure what material to start with, ensure you talk to a member of our team to get a consultation today.

 

2 – Fence is Too Short

We also found that Noisehelp suggested that fences need to be between 12-15 feet high to effectively block out sound. As described by the source “it is not enough for the barrier to block the noise source from view because sound doesn’t just travel in straight lines.” This means the more height, the better sound protection performance. It is recommended that you review bylaws to ensure your fence is compliant and to ensure that you work with a knowledgeable service provider for added ease and assurance. Recognize also that the higher the fence may mean more difficulty in maintenance and upkeep, as well as higher costs.

 

 

3 – Gaps Developed Over Time

Once a fence is completed, owners often do not inspect their perimeter. Over time damages and natural pests can introduce new openings in your sound barrier. It is recommended that perimeter owners inspect their wall for any vulnerabilities and seek to repair any issues uncovered. This is even more prevalent in properties in extreme climates. The changes in temperature can cause splitting and contortions to wooden fences, often near the roadside where sound protection is most vital. This is often seen in strange curvatures that unfortunately create openings to sound, traffic, and sometimes even small animals. If not addressed in a timely manner gaps in fences can create added stress to other elements of  your perimeter, resulting in an increased rate of deterioration. This may require replacing affected materials and realigning the fence components. If you aren’t sure how to determine where gaps are or what signs of decay/depredations may look like: feel free to contact us for a consultation today and a qualified specialist can help you spot and address the issues in a timely manner.

2 – Ensure Your Barrier is Completely Grounded

Making this mistake is costly as it significantly reduces the effectiveness of the sound barrier. A barrier may not be effective if there are residual gaps between the foot of the fence and the ground. Since a property’s landscape may not always be level, it is up to the designer and owner to ensure that fences do not leave gaps at the bottom of the fence where sound can seep through. This can be overcome by inspecting the perimeter before the job is completed and also knowing upfront where irregularities are located. It is best to avoid this error upfront as the cost of repairing this sort of issue can be quite costly. Alternatively, inspect the footer of your fence and check also for dug up soil or gravel that can also expose your property to unwanted noise.

1 – Understanding the Nature and Source of the Disturbance

Caresound barrier fence mistake not knowing sourceful analysis of the sounds that one is attempting to avoid when erecting a sound barrier is crucial to landing on the right design. If animals or birds are the prime culprits, this necessitates other elements in your soundproofing design that may include animal guards to ensure they remain outside of your property. Since sound travels in many directions, knowing where the sound originates can help you determine the right approach.

Jay Fencing Offers Sound Barrier Design Expertise and Installation

Having worked with clients on properties of all shapes and sizes, we have the understanding and practical know-how to ensure great looking and sound proof fences that are also uncompromising in security. Here is what others have said about Jay Fencing:

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The best way to determine which sound option is right for you is to reach out to Jay Fencing Ltd. Let Jay Fencing deal with the fine print and bylaws and security headaches 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
  • Protected play 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.

Jay Fencing Customer Reviews

This post highlights customer success stories of working with Jay Fencing offering how we help creatively and effectively assist business and home owners with their fencing needs.

 

Listing of Jay Fencing Customer Reviews

Jay Fencing customers are here to share what it was like working with Jay Fencing for their fencing and perimeter projects. Products like access panels, gates, railings, and custom projects are all served by Jay Fencing.  See here for more products. These quick customer reviews are ordered by date starting with the most recent submissions at the top, for a full listing of customer reviews see here.

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Jay Fencing services customers everywhere from Stratford to Brantford, Mississauga to Fergus, and everywhere in between. Book a consultation today and Jay Fencing can help you avoid the hassle of choosing the right products and service.

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

When considering a fence project for your property, avoid stumbling over re-work or fines levied for overlooking city by-laws. Jay Fencing is your expert advisor on planning and installing by-law compliant perimeters.

Guelph 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 property owner to have to pay for additional materials and labour to comply with city by-laws. Unfinished fencing projects can also be an eyesore in neighborhoods or commercial centres. The following links are to key by-law related documents:

getting started imageGetting Started with Fences for Pools & Hot Tubs

A permit is required for fencing projects which serve as a perimeter for pools or hot tubs for the purposes of swimming, diving, or bathing, and which the depth at any point can exceed  600mm (23 1/2 inches).

  • Complete permit application and submit fee
  • Submit a copy of the lot Survey (to scale) showing the location, shape, and size of the proposed pool.
  • Indicate pool fence and gate locations.
  • Indicate the distance from the edge of the pool to all property lines.
  • Sketch on the survey all accessory structures (decks, sheds, garages) with dimensions.
  • Submit pool specs (from pool contractor) –actual square footage of water

backyard poolSummary for Fences on Properties with Pool or Hot Tub

There are many factors to be aware of when considering what by-laws must be met when building a fence for a pool. Owners are to ensure the fence surrounding a swimming pool or hot tub meets the following requirements:

  • Is located minimum .5 metres (1’8”) away from any other fence or permanent object that may help climb the fence around the pool
  • is erected and maintained in a structurally sound condition so as to prevent access to the swimming pool or hot tub when not in use
  • Have a maximum opening of .1 metre (4”) between the bottom of the fence and the ground at any point directly below the fence
  • Has no barbed wire or electric current through any portion of the fence

These gate requirements are also in place when they serve to secure a pool or hot tub.

  • Gates must have self-closing and self-latching mechanisms and be maintained in proper working order at all times
  • Every self-latching device is installed on the swimming pool side of each gate near the top of the gate and such device is at least 1.2 metres (3’11”) above ground level
  • Every gate is locked at all times when the swimming pool or pool area is not being used

See here for additional details for by-law compliance. When planning for a fencing project or pool the city of Guelph may be contacted ( Building Services – 519-837-5615) to support by-law compliance.

Summary for Residential Fences

Permits are not required for fences that do not enclose a pool or hot tub. Here are a number of key items that should be satisfied when planning for a fence, based on a guide provided by the City of Guelph.

  • Fence Styles – Fence styles are not regulated when enclosure does not contain a pool or hot tub
  • Drainage – fences should not obstruct, alter, or prevent flow of water drainage
  • Avoid Damage to City Infrastructure – Before digging, confirm that you will not damage city utilities such as gas, electrical, telephone, and cable. Contact Ontario One Call at 1-800-400-2255 or www.on1call.com before digging.

Overview of Fence Restrictions for Residential Zones

Fencing restrictions for residential properties are divided into 4 scenarios. Additional or alternative regulations may be in effect as Guelph also has specific by-law zoning requirements. See here to determine which zoning by-law you are to adhere to. The guidelines provided here are not substitutes for the city of Guelph’s by-laws. For full details see General Provisions by-law.

guelph fencing by-laws diagramArea 1

  • Maximum fence height: 0.8 metres (2 feet, 7 inches)

Area 2

  • Maximum fence height: 1.9 metres (6 feet, 2 inches)

Area 3

  • Maximum fence height in rear yard: 2.5 metres (8 feet, 2 inches)
  • Maximum fence height in exterior side yard: 2.5 metres (8 feet, 2 inches) – in regards to the longest street frontage on a corner lot from the midpoint of the house to the rear property line
  • Minimum distance from property/street line: 4 metres (13 feet, 1 inch)

Area 4

  • Maximum fence height: 0.8 metres (2 feet, 7 inches) above the traveled portion of abutting streets

The information in this article is offered as a guideline. Planners of fencing projects are encouraged to refer to the resources above for full details of pool and fencing by-laws.

Overview of Fence Restrictions for Commercial Zones

For fencing planning on projects that are located on commercial, park, urban reserve or institution zones, the following regulations are to be adhered to.

  • Maximum height of front, side, or exterior side yard: 1.6 metres in height
  • Minimum distance from street line: 4 metres for fences on the front, side, or exterior side yard.
    • Unless the height of the fence is less than 0.8 metres
  • Maximum height of rear yard: 1.8 metres (see by-law 4.20.4.i for exceptions)
  • Additional rules apply for Industrial or Aggregate Extraction Zones within the General Provisions by-law.

 

Jay Fencing Frees You from Dealing with By-Laws

Having worked with clients on properties of all shapes and sizes, we have the deep understanding and practical know-how to ensure great looking fences that meet by-laws in Guelph. If you have had a fence on your property for a number of years and are not certain if you meet city by-law, let Jay Fencing help you determine compliance. Here is what others have said about Jay Fencing:

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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 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 to community requirements
  • Personal and property security
  • Privacy
  • Protected play 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.

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:

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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.