Fence Ordinances in Canton Michigan
Below is a brief overview of the fence ordinances for Canton Michigan. This is not a complete or definite list and should never be used in support of a dispute. Click here to review the complete document of codes and ordinances regarding fences in Canton.
Design & Height Requirements
The maximum fence height allowed in Canton is 6 feet tall for a privacy fence. However, for products like chain link fencing may only be allowed at a max height of 4 feet tall. Canton also requires that fence posts be installed at a depth equal to at least half of the height of the fence (regardless of fence height, we recommend around 38-42 inches deep).
Just about all common fence types and styles are allowed such as vinyl fence, aluminum, chain link and wood. It is also important that you check with any homeowners association that you may belong to regarding the approval of your fence as some associations have their own fence requirements that are separate from the city ordinances.
All fences installed in Canton Michigan must be installed on the inside of your shared property line unless you and your neighbor apply for a joint permit (you both apply for the fence together). You are also required to build all fences so that the finished/good side of the fence is facing your adjacent neighbor(s) rather than your property. This is what we call “good side out“.
No fence may extend forward beyond the front face of your house. If you are a corner lot, in most cases, you may extend beyond the side of the house (towards the side street) as long as your fence is installed at least 1-ft away from the public sidewalk. But, the height of the fence will likely have to be 4′ tall once you reach the rear-corner of the home and extend towards the front corner.
There are a lot of exceptions to these rules and Canton Township is a difficult city to navigate at times… If at any point you have questions about what is permittable and what is not, please give Superior Fence a call. We have a lot of knowledge when dealing with Canton Township and can try to help you understand what is allowed for fences in this city. We are happy to help!