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Fences and Privacy Screens

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The Town's Fence By-law regulates the height, location and maintenance of fences and privacy screens. The by-law balances the need for privacy while ensuring our neighbourhoods are attractive and safe. In addition, the By-law prescribes the standards for swimming pool enclosures

The information below provides a general guide concerning fences and privacy screens. However, to ensure compliance, please consult the Fence By-law or, for further questions, contact Regulatory Services.

Fence Heights

The Fence By-law regulates the maximum permitted height for fences but does not generally prescribe the location of a fence on a lot. The following heights are permitted on residential properties:

Location

Maximum Heights

Residential Properties

Front Yard

1.5 m OR 1 m on a lot in a subdivision

Interior Side Yard

 2 m

Exterior Side Yard

 1.5 m

Rear Yard

 2 m

Separate heights are outlined in the By-law for fences located on commercial, industrial and institutionally zoned lots. With the exception of a front yard where the maximum permitted height is 1 metre, a fence may be 3 metres within these zones. 

Privacy Screens 

In addition to a fence, a privacy screen may be used on a residential lot to shield part of a yard from view. 

A maximum height of 3 metres is permitted unless the privacy screen is constructed as part of a deck, in which case the permitted height is reduced to 2 metres. Further, a privacy screen is subject to distance setback requirements under the By-law and may not be located in a front yard. In total, the combined length of all privacy screens on a lot may not exceed 8 metres. 

Additional Considerations 

Maintenance 

Fences and privacy screens must be maintained in good repair so they do not become unsightly and to ensure that they are structurally sound to prevent safety hazards.   

Sight Triangles  

Corner lots normally include sight triangles to ensure that pedestrians and vehicles have open sight lines and unobstructed visibility. Within any sight triangle, the maximum height for a fence or privacy screen is 1 metre above the elevation of the adjacent streets.     

Fences on Property Lines 

Prior to placing a fence, please consult your property survey for the location of property lines. If a fence is placed on a property line, the Town of Caledon does not have any jurisdiction over determining ownership or cost apportionment between neighbours. 

Other

Homeowners shall review any site plan agreements, subdivision agreements or other development agreements that may stipulate fencing provisions with respect to their lot. 

Variance Process 

Where a proposed or existing fence or privacy screen is not in compliance with the requirements of the Fence By-law, an application may be made to Regulatory Services for a variance from the applicable provisions. Please note that only complete applications will be accepted. 

To submit a complete application, please follow the steps below:  

  1. Review the variance process within the Town's Fence By-law (Sections 7.5 through 7.10).    
  2. Complete the Fence By-law Variance Application Form and ensure that all of the additional required items, including a survey and site plan, are included.        
  3. Submit the application package to Regulatory Services by e-mail, in person at Town Hall or by mail to the attention of the Manager, Regulatory Services; 6311 Old Church Road, Caledon, ON L7C 1J6.
  4. Provide payment of the non-refundable application fee ($565.00), as outlined in the Town's Fees By-law.  

Once a complete application has been received, Town Staff will circulate notice to all abutting properties to provide adjacent owners the opportunity to review and comment on the variance request. Upon completion of this process, a decision will be made regarding the variance request and the applicant will be notified of the outcome.   

Contact

For more information, contact us during the following hours:

Monday through Friday (excluding holidays)
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
enforcement@caledon.ca
905.584.2272 x. 3462