How to Get a Fence Permit in Grove City, OH
Before contacting a fence company in Grove City find out the rules for fences and how to get a fence permit.
Please note that we will try to keep this information up to date but we do not represent Grove City.
Please note that not all Grove City addresses will be governed by the Grove City Building Division. Residential building projects in Jackson Township are permitted through Franklin County.
How to get a fence permit in Grove City Ohio?
Complete a Minor Home Improvement Application
You can find the application here. Two sets of plans will be required, which include:
- Site plan showing proposed location
- Manufacturer’s specs, including height
- Material list
For fences you will also need to file an Easement Encroachment form.
Fees for Fence Permit:
$25 for Minor Home Improvement. Payable via check, cash or card.
Where to file the application:
You can submit the application at the Building Division located at:
Grove City Building Division
Grove City, OH 43123
Where to ask a question?
Call the Building Division at 614 277-3075.
Summary of Grove City Ohio Fencing Regulations
Height of fencing:
- Fences in general are limited to 5 feet in height.
- Privacy fences limited to 6 feet in height.
- Decorative fences on corner lots are limited to 42 inches in height.
Construction of fences:
- Privacy fences should be made of wood conditioned for exterior use or chain link fence of a single color.
- Decorative fences on corner lots next to the street, and on the sides of interior lots, should be constructed of no more than three split rails or boards.
Grove City Ohio Fence Regulations
The following are the sections of the Grove City Zoning Code relevant to fence installation.
1137.05 YARD OBSTRUCTIONS AND FENCES.
(a) If the building is not over two stories in height, the cornices or eaves may project not over two feet into the side yard.
(b) An open fire escape may project not more than four feet into a side or rear yard.(Ord. C79-74. Passed 1-20-75.)
(c) No fence on any lot shall be erected more than five feet (60 inches) in height above the plane of the finished grade of a lot at the location of the fence on the lot, except screening or privacy fences. The height of a screening or privacy fence shall not exceed the height of six feet (72 inches). A screening or privacy fence shall be constructed of wood conditioned for exterior use or chain link with metal slabs of one color.
No fence shall be erected between the building setback line and the street right-of-way line except:
(1) On corner lots: A decorative fence shall be permitted parallel to and within one foot (1′) of the right-of-way line of the street parallel to the lot’s side yard and shall be installed so as to not obstruct the vision of vehicular and pedestrian traffic through the intersection. The fence shall not be over forty-two inches (42″) in height and constructed of no more than three (3) split rails or boards which do not exceed six inches (6″) in width. The rails or boards shall have at least six inches (6″) clear space between them. The return along the right-of-way shall not exceed eight feet (8′) toward the interior of the lot.
(2) On interior lots: On side lot lines of interior lots, a decorative fence shall be permitted parallel to side lot lines and to within one foot (1′) of the right-of-way line of both the side and front of the lot. The fence shall not be over forty-two inches (42″) in height and be constructed of no more than three (3) split rails or boards that do not exceed six inches (6″) in width. The rails or boards shall have at least six inches (6″) clear space between them. The return along the right-of-way to the front of the property shall not exceed eight feet (8′) toward the interior of the lot.
(3) Flower beds: Fences under fifteen inches (15″) in height that are used for the protection of flowers and shrubs that enclose less than five percent (5%) of the area between the building setback line and street right-of-way line and fences less than twelve feet (12′) long and four feet (4′) high that run parallel to the front of the dwelling and are within eight feet of the building line.(Ord. C5-85. Passed 2-18-85.)
(d) All fences in existence at the time of the passage of this chapter (January 20, 1975) conforming to prior ordinances shall not be required to conform to this chapter.(Ord. C79-74. Passed 1-20-75.)
(e) No person, firm or corporation shall construct any fence from any material whatsoever without first securing a fence erection permit from the Division of Building Regulations. Application for a permit shall include a site plan indicating the location, material and height of the proposed fence. All fences shall be constructed of durable materials and in good building practice and standards and shall be subject to inspection by the Division.(Ord. C29-88. Passed 5-16-88; Ord. C43-14. Passed 8-4-14.)
(f) No person shall locate, construct or install any swimming pool or make any change in such pools or appurtenances thereof without complying with the provisions in Chapter 1325. (Ord. C43-14. Passed 8-4-14.)
(g) No shrub, trees or plantings shall be planted or allowed to grow so as to obstruct sidewalks or streets or obstruct the vision of pedestrians or vehicular traffic.(Ord. C79-74. Passed 1-20-75.)