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Yes, you do. Even if you are replacing an existing fence in kind, it is necessary for you to obtain a zoning permit. In order to do that, submit a zoning application along with a copy of your survey to scale indicating the location, type, and height of your fence. The application fee is $50.00. A building permit is also required if there is a pool on the property.
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The Board of Adjustment hearings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month. An application must be deemed complete by a Board Professional at least 20 days before the meeting in order to be added to the agenda. Should you receive approval for your project at that meeting, you will be required to wait until the following month's meeting when a resolution will be memorialized by the Board. Once the resolution is published, there is an additional 45-day waiting period in which any interested party may appeal the Board's decision. However, you may sign a waiver accepting responsibility should this happen in order to proceed immediately with your project.
According to the zoning ordinance, any property that fronts a street is considered a front yard. Therefore, a corner property has two front yards, and your "side yard" is technically a front yard. As defined in the ordinance, a fence in the front yard may be no higher than four feet and must be 50% open such as a chain link or picket fence.
It means that you will need to receive approval from the Zoning Officer before proceeding with the construction permit process. The zoning application can be obtained at the Building Department and requires you to submit a copy of your survey showing where the proposed addition will be. There is a $75 fee associated with the application. The Zoning Officer will then review the proposed project to ensure it meets the requirements of the zoning ordinance. You will either receive an approval or a denial abased on those requirements. If your application is denied, you have the option of applying for a variance.
Yes, but first you will be required to seek zoning approval by filling out a zoning application which should be accompanied by a copy of your survey showing the area to be paved. The fee for a zoning application is $50. The zoning officer will determine if the proposed paving meets with the requirements of the ordinance before issuing the zoning permit. Paving is limited to less that 50% of your front yard and must be at least five feet from your side property lines. Contact the Zoning Department at 973-835-0143, ext. 241 for more information.