The First Two Things To Do If You Want To Put A Fence Around Your Commercial Property

21 May 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


You might want to erect a fence around your commercial property for a more dramatic, elegant feeling. You may think it's an easy thing to do, as all you plan to do is to call a commercial fencing company and have them install the fence. However, here are two things you've got to do first to make sure you avoid trouble.

Make Sure The Fence Will Go On Your Property

Before having any commercial fence work done at all, your first stop should be the county clerk's office to retrieve a copy of your property's deed. The legal description in the document will help you to be sure that any fence you put up will be located on land that you own.

One of the reasons it's so important to read the deed is that you may already have a fence of some kind on the property and just plan to put the new fence where the old one is. This can be a mistake if the old fence is not legally on your property. The last owner might have made an informal deal with a past owner of an adjoining property; that deal is unlikely to protect you and your interests today. If you install a fence on ground that is not yours, the current owner may find out and you might be legally obliged to move the fence.

If you are aware that a current fence is on someone else's land and want to retain that space, talk to your lawyer about drawing up appropriate documents and talk to the land owner about what they may be willing to consider.

Check Your Property's Zoning

Another thing you've got to do before allowing the fence to be built around your commercial property is to ensure it will meet any zoning standards. A zoning officer should be able to help you consult the town's ordinance to look for requirements that have to be met in terms of height, setbacks and materials.

If you don't think your fence will meet those requirements for any reason, you can ask for a variance permit that will allow you to build as you like. In order to have a variance approved, you may need to present proof and testimony from other businesses in the area to support the idea that your fence will not be problematic for them, customers and motorists in the area.

Even after you find out about current standards your fence must adhere to, it is smart to ask the zoning officer about any zoning changes that may be upcoming. While you are typically only bound by today's requirements, news about possible changes might affect the decisions you make.

After doing the two things above, you can feel content that your commercial property's new fence can be put up without any problems. Ask a commercial fencing company about additional tasks you should do to make sure everything goes smoothly.