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Examples of Fence Violations with Corrections

Unified Development Code Chapter, Section 5.3.4C.

General Fence Maintenance

  1. All screening fences constructed as required by this Code, previous ordinances, or other approvals must be perpetually maintained, repaired, or replaced by the owner of use of the more intensively zoned property. For purpose of this section, owner of the property for which the fence permit was issued is presumed to be the owner of the fence.
  2. All fences shall be maintained in accordance with the requirements of the Nuisance Chapter, the Construction Chapter, and any other provisions of the City of Arlington Code of Ordinances regulating fences.
  3. Repair and Replacement of Fences.
    1. For fences where 50 percent or more of one length of fence along a property line requires repair or replacement with new fencing materials, a fence permit must be obtained in accordance with the Construction Chapter.
    2. For fences where less than 50 percent of one length of fence along a property line requires repair or replacement with new fencing materials, the repair or replacement:

    (1) shall not change the scope, location or dimensions of the fence; and

    (2) shall be made using the same material as originally used to construct the fence, or material with comparable composition, color, size, shape, and quality as the remaining fencing material.

    1. Repair and replacement of fences must comply with all applicable provisions of this Code.
    1. Notwithstanding any other provision, the use of materials not specifically manufactured for the construction of fences is strictly prohibited. These include, but are not limited to, plywood, corrugated steel panels, or fiberglass panels.

    Nuisance Chapter, Section 1.02

    Dilapidated Fence - any fence in a dilapidated, improper state of repair that causes a safety or health concern. It includes any:

    1. fencing that by its age or deteriorating condition lists, leans, buckles or is broken or has exposed pieces projecting, protruding or laying in a manner which could fall or be hazardous to persons walking or driving along public property including street or right-of-way or public easements;
    2. fencing that by improper position on or near the ground is situated in such a manner as to offer harborage to vermin;
    3. fencing that is damaged by animals or by other means such that the fence condition is unsafe and deleterious to the livability of the neighborhood;
    4. fencing that has any portion of its pickets or structural components either damaged, missing or rotted;
    5. fencing with support posts, cross members, pickets, braces, bolts, nails, supporting frame, or fastenings in a state of disrepair due to deterioration, infestation by insects or other vermin, rot, rust, or loosening;
    6. fencing with broken or severely bent metal posts or torn, cut, or ripped metal fencing;
    7. fencing with loose bricks, stones, mortar, masonry, or similar material; or
    8. fencing that is braced by guy wires, braces, or any other material that may be visible from a public street, right-of-way, alleyway, or property or easement controlled by the City. (Amend Ord 17-058, 9/26/17)

    New fences and replacement fences that replace 50% or more of one side of a fence require a Building Inspection permit from Arlington One Start Development Center located at City Hall, 2nd floor, 817-459-6502, or 817-459-6503.

    Swimming Pool Barrier Fence Requirements

    Swimming pool barriers/enclosures are designed to keep small children away from a pool. Code Compliance plays an active role in protecting children by administering codes pertaining to pool enclosures. An unprotected pool is potentially as life-threatening as an unsecured firearm in the house.

    Damaged or missing swimming pool fences are considered a public safety risk and are a serious matter that could result in the automatic issuance of a citation. Please consult the Ordinance links below, or contact the Action Center for more information.

    Read the Ordinance

    Report a Concern

    Report a code violation online or by calling the Action Center at 817-459-6777. In case of emergency call 9-1-1.