What are the regulations controlling fences?

Building permits are only required for fences over seven feet in height. Fences over seven feet in height, in addition to a building permit, require the approval of the Town’s Fence Viewer to ensure that the fence will not cause a dangerous or detrimental situation to abutting properties. The Town does not prescribe which side of the fence must face a neighbor, and fences may be placed up to the property line, although it is recommended that individuals maintain a minimum of a one foot offset from property lines so as to be able to maintain both sides of a fence without trespassing onto an abutting property. Additionally, if the boundary line is not known or not otherwise clearly defined, it is recommended that individuals engage the assistance of a Registered Land Surveyor to determine the location of such lot lines.

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1. What kind of work requires a building permit?
2. Should I as the home owner obtain the building permit or should the contractor?
3. Should I have a written contract with my contractor?
4. How much do permits cost?
5. How long does it take to get a building permit?
6. I am having electrical work done in my home and my electrician has asked me to sign a liability insurance waiver on the electrical permit application. What are the risks?
7. Can a Homeowner obtain a permit for plumbing or gas work?
8. Do I need a permit for a storage shed?
9. Questions concerning Plot Plans
10. Do I need a permit for a swimming pool?
11. What are the regulations controlling fences?
12. Questions concerning Building Code Variances
13. What if I think a neighbor has encroached onto my property?
14. Can I operate a business out of my home?