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Jason Ridge
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Username: Jridge

Post Number: 1
Registered: 02-2009
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 05:27 pm:   

I need to replace the fence around the back yard of my home. I am currently dealing with the fence contractor and my HOA. I'm trying to keep ahead of the information requests from the HOA and at the same time make sure everything is done according to law and regulations before the fence contractor begins work. I am having difficulty getting the full story from anyone. So I have a few questions for the city:

Here is the process I have followed so far:

1) My HOA required that I needed to submit to them: a) A document they provided onto which I was to write: "I want to replace my fence" and b) a estimate for the job. (The estimate included the length of the fence, and a hand drawing of the fence location around the house and the feet of fence to replace - all provided by the fence contractor.)

2) After getting the above information, the HOA then informed me that I must provide them a Plot Plan with the fence information hand-drawn onto the plan (including lengths, heights, and color of the fence).

My question:

1) Is it Texas or Frisco law that requires the Plot Plan? If it is Texas/Frisco law should I expect the fence contractor to provide a Plot Plan or is this a document (and additional contracted work) I need to plan for?

2) Does the city require I obtain a permit or provide any documentation before tear-down and construction of the new fence begins? Is obtaining or providing that information my responsibility or the responsibility of the contractor?

If it is easier to direct me to a department or website with answers to my questions - that would be fine.

Perry Harts, Moderator
Board Administrator
Username: Perry

Post Number: 86
Registered: 06-2002
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 01:14 pm:   

Yes, a permit is required to build a fence or when replacing an existing fence prior to construction.

A permit application is required to be submitted, which will contain the project location, owners name, registered contractor, approximate length of fence, height of fence and type of material used. Two copies of the property’s plot plan or property survey are required for application with the fence location clearly marked or highlighted. This plot plan is needed to complete a permit review particular to your property. Copies of these documents from previous property transitions would be acceptable for submittal.

The fence contractor may obtain the permit, but it is the property owner’s responsibility to make certain this is done. Additional information may be found at the web address list below (Fence Guidelines document): /PlanReview.aspx

Phillip Climer
Asst. Building Official

Brian C
New member
Username: Brianc

Post Number: 141
Registered: 06-2003
Posted on Monday, March 29, 2010 - 02:03 pm:   

How far can the backyard fence be brought up the side of the house (how far from front edge of home)?

The house sits on a corner at a mid-street alley entrance.


Steve Covington, Chief Building Off
Username: Steve

Post Number: 79
Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 11:40 am:   

Per ordinance,a fence with maximum height of 8 feet can extend to the front building line or front of the home. Any fence in the front yard area may not be greater than four feet. Check with your HOA, Some neighborhoods have deed restrictions that may require some set back from the front of the house.

Michael Cargill
New member
Username: Mcargill

Post Number: 1
Registered: 04-2012
Posted on Saturday, April 07, 2012 - 06:25 pm:   

Can I build the fence myself, or do I have to have a licensed contractor do the job?

Greg Carr, Code Enforcement Administrato
Username: Greg_carr

Post Number: 44
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 05:17 pm:   

You can build a fence yourself. You just need to get a building permit. Here is a link to the form ocuments/Building%20Inspections/Plan%20Review/Applications/FenceRetScreenPmtAppJ an2010.pdf

carl monroe
New member
Username: Ctm877

Post Number: 6
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 11:26 am:   

I've been told by a fence builder that the kickboard and top cap/trim aren't included in the measurement of the 8-ft total. As such, an 8-ft picket fence won't violate the ordinance. True?

Ben Brezina, Assistant to the City Manag
Username: Ben_brezina

Post Number: 186
Registered: 06-2010
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 10:56 am:   

It would be acceptable to install a nominal 6” ‘Rot Board’ that would not be considered as a portion of the fence height. Any top trim would be considered as a portion of the allowable fence height.


Phillip Climer
Assistant Building Official
City of Frisco, Development Services

The Kop
New member
Username: Kopite1140

Post Number: 1
Registered: 10-2012
Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 02:29 pm:   

Two questions:
(1) For economic reasons, I am looking at replacing my fence and doing the job myself, in 3 phases. How long would I have to complete the job from construction start date?
(2) My backyard has a 15 degree downward grade from the house. In order to meet the requirement of maximum height of fence being 8 feet from grade, can the grade point start from the highest end of the grade closest to the house. So that the lowest point would be 24 inches of 2x6 kickboards with 8’ fence on top. In essence, being 10’ from the ground (8' fence board and 2' kick/rot board) at the bottom of the grade and 8’ from the ground at the top (closest to the house).

Ben Brezina, Assistant to the City Manag
Username: Ben_brezina

Post Number: 268
Registered: 06-2010
Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 12:17 pm:   

(1) All permits are valid for a period of 180 days as long as work begins in that time frame and does not stop for more than 180 days. All fence replacements must meet the requirements the recently adopted fence ordinance that can be found at this link, rd.pdf

(2) Fence height is measured from grade on the inside at any point along the fence. Two feet of kick board would be included in the height measurement, exceeding the maximum height of eight feet and not be permitted. However, if a two feet tall retaining wall was built and the grade raised to that level, the fence would be measured from grade at the top of the retaining wall. Changing the existing grade on any lot can affect the drainage on this and adjacent lots and must be taken into consideration when planning this type of improvement.

Jim Romig
New member
Username: Jim_r

Post Number: 2
Registered: 01-2012
Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 04:26 pm:   

My understanding is that affluent or semi treated water, purchased from the city, is used to irrigate some Golf courses in the area. What are the distribution boundries for the semi treated water and the applicable gallon per thousand rate?

Ben Brezina, Assistant to the City Manag
Username: Ben_brezina

Post Number: 269
Registered: 06-2010
Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012 - 02:33 pm:   

We are limited to parks, common areas, golf courses, and school campuses along Teel Parkway about one mile north and south of Main Street. A minimum annual fee is required based on annual water usage and $0.75/1000 gallons above the minimum.

Gary R. Hartwell, P.E.
Public Works Department

Chris Berry
New member
Username: Ouchris

Post Number: 3
Registered: 02-2013
Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 10:11 am:   

Why is it anyone's business how tall someone's fence is?

(Message edited by admin on March 05, 2013)

Ben Brezina, Assistant to the City Manag
Username: Ben_brezina

Post Number: 357
Registered: 06-2010
Posted on Tuesday, March 05, 2013 - 08:23 am:   

Eight feet has been the maximum standard for many years. In typical residential lot scenarios, this has been considered to standard for meeting the intent of the zoning ordinance to ensure that there is adequate light and air, to secure safety from fire and other emergencies and provide accessibility for emergency personnel. The difference in structural design of a fence exceeding 8’ is significant as well as the cost.

Steve Covington
Chief Building Official

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