Audrey Penn…, Home Buyer in Durham, NC

what kind of fence can we put up in the back yard for our dogs? What kind of shed can we build?

Asked by Audrey Penn Koren, Durham, NC Sat Dec 24, 2011

? If both are hidden from drivers and approved by next door neighbors, is that enough?

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You will want to talk to zoning in your county.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 26, 2011
Usually NO, if you live in a subdivision which has its own rules and regulations you have to follow them exactly, sometimes everyone has to have the same kind of fence. If you are not in a certain subdivision that is a planned community etc., then you must get a permit from city or village hall, and they also always have
certain rules and regulations which usually depend on the type of lot you have, its size, and its location,
i.e. corner lot or between other properties, and each city/village has its own rules when it comes to fences.
Edith YourRealtor4Life! and your Chicago and N. Illinois Expert
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 26, 2011
You live in a planned residential community, governed by both the rules and covenants set up by the original developer and by the Treyburn Homeowners Association. Both fences arnd a storage shet are permitted in most sections of Treyburn, but you will need to submit an application and get approval from your HOA.

TheHOA maintains an excellent website full of information for homeowners in Treyburn - I've included the link below. You can also call them at 919-787-9000.

Don not presume that just because you feel that they aren't visible to your neighbors that you may simply do as you like, this will only cause you problems and additional expenses.

My clients who live in Treyburn have found the HOA responsive and fore the most part easy to work with and my guess is that you will as well. When you bought in Treyburn you knew there was an HOA and you should have received printed information from the HOA shortly after closing.

Best of luck and happy holidays to you and your family.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 25, 2011
HOA will have guidelines, but in general, needs to be whatever everyone else has. You can build a structure so long as it is not higher than your fence line, and of like materials. Normally, sheds made of siding with roofing are allowable, like a Tough shed. Prefab aluminum are normally not allowed. Your HOA manager can give you the details.

Ask for a copy of your survey from your lender if you don't have one in your closing docs. There are usually utility easements that can be an issue. If for any reason the utility company needs to access your property they can tear down the encroachment and not required to pay for repairs.

Also, call the cable company so you don't cut your lines or your neighbor's lines. Not a good thing.

Good luck,

Cathy Bureau
Green Home Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Dec 24, 2011
You should always check with local zoning codes and with your Homeowner's Association before you put up a fence to be sure it meets all rules and zoning codes. Fencing is expensive and you need to avoid costly mistakes and potential encroachments. If your fence will be anywhere near a property line, make sure you have your survey handy and all points marked or "pinned" and I think it is best to error on the side of your own property line. You could also consider electric fence which is the least expensive way to contain your dogs.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Dec 24, 2011
The short answer is you should be able to. Now the long answer. If you live in a community where you have a controlling Homeowners Association, they may need to approve the material, color, & height of the fence, and you should not proceed without their written approval. The city in which you live may have (probably not) if you live near open space or have an zoning overlay for the protection of a specie of plant or animal life.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Dec 24, 2011
You will need to check with your town hall if there are restrictions on height or placement and get a permit and to install them within your town or cities rules. Same thing with placement of a shed. If your neighborhood has a HOA or covenants you need to abide by them as well.
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