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A privacy fence is basically self-explanatory. It is a fence or wall barrier, that is directly adjacent to your back patio and provides privacy from a neighboring property.
Guidelines for privacy fences
The criteria for the material for the privacy fence material is wood and the color must match the color of the house. This type of fence does not require any permits and probably is already on a majority of your homes. If anything is required is a fresh coat of paint when you paint your house.
ACB Procedures for privacy fences
In the planning stage, the homeowner should work with their GC to determine the scope of the job.
Then once the homeowner determines which GC, they are going to hire to do the job, the contractor is required to provide both their contractor license and the contractor’s insurance.
Now the homeowner can submit duplicate ACB request forms along with contractor license and insurance as well as design specifications to the ACB committee for review.
No permits are required if only adding and/or repairing the privacy fence.
Finally, once the job is completed, the homeowner should contact the ACB to sign completion forms.
The other type of fence is a boundary fence, that encompasses the owner’s back yard.
These types of fences have more rules to follow, to ensure both legality and uniformity.
In Palm Beach County, all boundary fences must be approved by the Permitting Dept. of Palm Beach. And if the owner’s property backs up to either FPL right of way and/water right of ways, this must be submitted to the Permitting Dept. of Palm Beach, as well.
Fences should be designed to both blend with the architecture of the home and the landscaping. They should provide privacy from neighbors or for security around pools. Fences should not be designed to “wall off” the home from the street and the neighborhood. Each ACB request will be evaluated on its own merits.
The maintenance and roof overhang easements for Zero Lot Line (ZLL) homes are hereby reserved in perpetuity to the owner of the lot abutting the easement and the HOA for the purpose of access to and maintenance of improvements, roof overhang, eave, gutters, drainage and utility services architectural embellishments, and hurricane shutters.
Lot # 77-132 and 133-153 and 170-211
Lot # 227-250 and 30-49 and 155-168
To make fences less intrusive and better fit into the Newport Cove landscape, all boundary fences with the following lot # will be white in color with greenery surrounding the fence to camouflage the effect.
All fences require the planting of shrubs at the base of the fence to soften the impact of the fence on neighborhood views.
The species of shrub or flowering plant is the owner’s choice, but must be eighteen (18) inches tall at planting and placed one (1) plant every three and one half (3.5) feet apart or less. The plants may be maintained at eighteen (18) inches tall.
Unless otherwise appropriate and approved, all fences shall be framed panels, with a lower section of solid boards to 4’6” in height, with an upper 16” – 18” section of horizontal lattice with spacing between lattice no greater than 2 inches to 2 ½ inches. The total fence height should be no greater than 6 feet.
Also, if a gate to the backyard is required, the gate should be a minimum width of 4 feet. This allows our lawn service can access the owner’s lawn.
The dimensions of these types of boundary fences can extend from the back of the house to the easement line or edge of their property.
Note the fence is not allowed on the side of the house. Thus, allowing the neighbor to work on their property, both from a cleaning as well as painting perspective as well as any roof work that maybe needed.
Lot # 1-76 and 212-250 and 253-255 and 259-269 and 278-289
These lots have access to the lake
Boundary fences and gates shall not unreasonably block water feature, or natural preserve views of adjacent Lots.
To make fences less intrusive and better fit into the Newport Cove landscape, all boundary fences with the following lot # will be a black iron picket fence with greenery surrounding the fence to camouflage the effect.
ACB Procedures for boundary fences
The planning stages
Prior to beginning any exterior improvements, you will need to consider if you, the homeowner, or a contractor will be doing the work.
Although most jobs will be encouraged to be done by a contractor, the homeowner is allowed do the work themselves. If the homeowner is taking on the task, the homeowner is responsible for any and all insurance matters if someone is injured in the job.
In the planning stage, the homeowner should determine the scope of the job. A design specification should outline the job, including dimensions of the boundary fence including type and size, as well as location in yard.
If the homeowner determines they will use a GC (General Contractor), the contractor is required to provide both their contractor’s license and the contractor’s proof of insurance.
Requesting ACB approval to start project
With the planning stage completed, the homeowner can now submit the completed ACB request form along with the contractor’s license and insurance and design specifications to the ACB committee for review. We ask for duplication of all documents.
The ACB will then review all plans to ensure all paperwork is included.
After the ACB has approved your plans, you may proceed with the improvement.
One set of signed documents will be returned to you for your records while the other set of plans will be recorded by the ACB for reference.
Once the project is approved to move forward, the homeowner can provide a copy of the signed ACB request form to their GC. Th GC in return will need to file a permit with the County of Palm Beach.
Approval of proposed plans does not waive the necessity of obtaining any required city or county permits, obtaining a city permit does not waive the need for ACB approval.
Completion of project
Once the job is completed, the homeowner needs to submit a signed filled out completion form and a copy of the permits to the ACB. These results will then to filed in the small club house for reference.
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