Fence Permit – Fees & Requirements
Many counties and cities require a building fence permit for a fence installation, but the fees and requirements vary. Usually, municipalities require the homeowner or contractor to submit a copy of the fence plans and specifications along with a copy of the property survey.
The fees for permits can range from one hundred fifty dollars to four hundred dollars and usually include:
- The cost of the permit at the municipality
- Processing and handling costs
- Notary costs
Local Fence Permits
In North Florida, most municipalities do not require a fence permit. Here are some of the areas that do:
- Jacksonville Beach
- Neptune Beach
- Atlantic Beach
- Fernandina Beach
- Nassau County – only if there is a pool or if the fence is over 6’H
- Green Cove Springs
- St. Augustine Beach
- Historic Springfield
- Historic Riverside/Avondale
Lost your Property Survey?
If you have lost your property survey, you generally have to pay to have a new survey created by a professional survey company. Property surveys cost approximately five hundred dollars.
Fines for Non-Compliance
Municipalities may have restrictions on the placement of the fence, and the fines for non-compliance can be stiff. In most areas, both the property owner and the fence contractor are liable for non-compliance. So that’s why proper permitting is always the first step in a fence installation.