Fence Ordinances in Dearborn Heights MI.
Below is a brief overview of the fence ordinances for Dearborn Heights 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 Dearborn Heights.
Design & Height Requirements
Dearborn Heights is pretty easy going when it comes to the types fences allowed in the city. You can pretty much install any type of common fence such as vinyl, wood, chain link, aluminum fences. You can also install just about any style of these fences such as privacy fencing, picket fences, ornamental fences, etc.
The maximum height for fences in Dearborn Heights is 6 feet tall. The exception to this is any fencing that extends beyond the rear corners of your house. If you extend forward beyond the rear corners of your house, the fencing must be no taller than 4 feet tall. If you have a side door to your house or garage, it is possible that you can have your 6-ft tall privacy fence extend beyond the side door but not quite to the front corner of the house.
The finished/smooth side of all fences must face adjacent neighboring properties and cannot be installed facing your property. this means that all posts and supporting structures must be installed on your side of the fence so that the finished/smooth side of the fence faces your neighbors.
In Dearborn Heights, only one fence is allowed to be installed per shared property line. the only exception to this is if the current fence on the property line is a chain link fence and you would like to install a privacy fence. In which case you are allowed to install the privacy fence alongside the existing chain link fence.
If you are installing a fence along a shared property line where a neighboring driveway exists. The new fence must be placed at least 3-ft away from the neighboring driveway to allow room for proper use of your neighbors driveway. The only exception to this is if your neighbor fills out and signs a neighbor approval form stating that they are okay with the fence being installed closer to the driveway.
A post hole inspection is required in the city of Dearborn Heights for all fences. What this means is that after your permit is approved, you must dig your post holes to a depth of 42 inches and then call the city inspector. At this point, the city inspector will come to your property and make sure that your post holes are dug to the proper depth and according to the approved layout in the permit paperwork. Once the hole inspection is approved, you can continue with setting the posts and finishing the fence.