Fence Ordinances in Madison Heights Michigan
Below is a brief overview of the fence ordinances for Madison 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 Madison Heights.
Design & Height Requirements
The maximum height for privacy fences installed in Madison Heights is 6 feet tall and the maximum height for non-privacy fences is 4 feet tall. A non-privacy fence is something like chain link, aluminum fences, picket fences, etc.
Aside from the height restrictions, you can pretty much install any common type of fence such as: vinyl fencing, wood fencing, chain link fence, and aluminum fences.
The finished side (or good side) of all fences in Madison Heights must face the adjacent neighbor’s property where the fence is being installed. This means that if you are installing a traditional wood privacy fence, the post and rails must be facing the inside of your backyard.
In Madison Heights you can enclose your entire back yard but must end your fence at the rear corners of the house and cannot extend the fence on the side of the home. The exception to this rule is if you have a side door giving access to your house or garage, then you may be able to install your fence beyond the rear corners to enclose that side entrance door.
If two fences are being installed alongside each other (for example, if there is an existing chain link fence and you want to install a privacy fence alongside it), you are required to install the new fence at least 2-ft away from the existing fence. This is to allow a good amount of space in between the two fences to allow proper maintenance of brush and weeds. Otherwise, the existing chain link fence must be removed and the new fence will be installed where the old fence used to be.
Fences may be installed in a front yard if they are no taller than 3-ft, are designed to be an ornamental fence, and are located at least 2-ft away from all public sidewalks and property lines.