FENCE PERMITS

A fence permit is required prior to constructing a fence or wall on your property.  Prior to applying for a fence permit, it is the responsibility of the property owner to confirm the guidelines of the Restrictive Covenants in their neighborhood or obtain approval from their Homeowner's Association if applicable.  

The following definitions shall be applicable to the terms as used throughout the fence requirements noted below:

Site Plan - a depiction showing the size (height) and location of proposed fence or wall construction, fence materials, existing structures on the site and distances from lot lines, and any easements recorded.

Fence - a structure meant to provide a barrier enclosing an area of ground to mark a boundary, control access, or prevent escape.  

Review and Approval Process

1.  An application must be made to the Building Department, accompanied by a site plan.  A site plan may be in the form of  a plot plan, illustration or map of the property, provided it clearly shows the boundaries of the property. See below for more information on obtaining a site plan of your property.   

2.  Upon application for a fence or wall to be constructed, the Building Department will review the application for code compliance with current adopted building codes.  The Planning Department will review the application for compliance with all pertinent city ordinances and Gallatin Subdivision Regulations.  

Permits and Fees

1.  A Planning Department review fee of $15 will be charged for fences or walls less than 6 feet in height.  

2.  A Building Department review and processing fee of $60 and a Planning review fee of $15 will be charged for fences 6 feet or more in height.  

Fence Regulations

Gallatin Zoning Ordinance

12.01.010  Visibility at Intersections

On a corner lot in any district, except CC, nothing shall be erected, placed, planted, or allowed to be grown in such a manner as materially to impede vision between height of two and one-half (2 1/2) and ten (10) feet above the center line grades of the intersecting streets.  Sight distance for subdivisions shall meet the requirements of the subdivision regulations.

12.01.015  Permitted Obstructions in Required Yards

No accessory structure or projection shall be placed in a public utility or drainage easement except where such structure or projection can be removed at the property owner's expense to permit maintenance and repair of utility lines.  

12.01.020  Fences, Walls, and Hedges

Notwithstanding other provisions of this Ordinance, fences, walls, and hedges may be permitted in any required yard or along the edge of any yard as follows:

A.   Fences, walls, and hedges must comply with Section12.01.010, Visibility at Intersections.

B.   No fence or wall shall be installed so as to block or divert a natural drainage flow on to or off of any other land.

C.  Appearance - Fences and walls shall comply with the following standards:

  1. Customary Materials - Fences and walls shall be constructed of materials customarily used and manufactured as common fence or wall materials, including solid wood, brick, masonry, stone, chain link,  wrought iron, decorative metal materials, or products designed to resemble these materials. Chain link fencing approved as part of a Site Plan or Final Master Development Plan shall be vinyl coated and colored dark green, brown or black.  Low voltage invisible fences with buried lines are excluded from this requirement. 
  2. Prohibited Materials - Fences and walls constructed of debris, junk, rolled plastic, sheet metal, plywood, or other waste materials are prohibited in all zone districts, unless such materials have been recycled and reprocessed into building materials marketed to the general public and designed for use as fencing or wall materials. No electrified fence shall be permitted except in Agricultural-residential zoned properties or property used primarily for agricultural purposes and for public institutions. 
  3. Finished Side to Outside - All fences and walls shall be oriented with the “good” or “finished” side facing outward (i.e. one side has visible support framing and the other does not) rather than facing the interior of the lot. This provision     may be varied by the Zoning Administrator in situations where the unfinished side will not be visible to the public or other properties, or where other unusual circumstances exist. This provision shall not preclude the placement of a shadow-box type fence. 
  4. Uniformity of Materials - Fencing and wall segments located along a single lot side shall be of uniform height, material, type, color, and design and shall be uniform for the entire length of the fence or wall, except where a fence or wall segment transitions from one yard to another or from one height to another. 
  5. Height Requirements 

a.  In residential and mixed use zone districts, fences and walls shall not exceed a height of four (4) feet in a required front yard and six (6) feet in a required side and rear yard.  Any fence installed in a front yard shall be of no greater than 50 percent opacity (that is, it shall obscure no more than 50 percent of the view into the land).  If a fence is constructed on top of a retaining or other wall or berm, the combined heights of the fence and wall shall net exceed the maximum height that would apply to a fence or wall alone, in relation to the grade on the highest side of the wall.  

b.  In commercial districts, fences and walls shall not exceed a height of four (4) feet in a required front yard and ten (10) feet in a required side or rear yard.  Any fence installed in the front yard of any lot in a commercial district shall be no greater than fifty (50) percent opaque.  In industrial districts, fences and walls shall no exceed a height of six (6) feet in a required front yard and ten (10) feet in a required side or rear yard.  If a fence is constructed on top of a retaining or other wall or berm, the combined height of the fence and wall shall not exceed the maximum height that would apply to a fence or wall alone, in relation to the grade on the highest side of the wall.  

c.  Fences or walls provided to meet the requirements outlined in Section 13.04, Transitional Buffer Yard Design Standards,  may be exempted from the location standards as necessary to meet the requirements of that section when approved as part of an overall landscape and buffer yard plan.  

d.  The Zoning Administrator may approve driveway entry features, including, but not limited to, decorative columns and gates, at a height greater than the heights specified in Section 12.01.020.C.5 a through c.  

6.  Maintenance -  All fences and walls shall be maintained in good repair and in a             safe attractive condition, including but not limited to replacement of missing,                   decayed, or broken structural and decorative elements.  

Gallatin Subdivision Regulations

2-106.1(2)   Drainage

Where topographical or other conditions are such as to make impractical the inclusion of drainage facilities within a road right-of-way, perpetual unobstructed easements at least twenty (2) feet in width for such facilities shall be provided across property outside the road lines and with satisfactory access to the road.  Easements shall be indicated on the Preliminary and Final Plats. Drainage Easements shall be carried from the road to a natural water course or to other drainage facilities.  

2-106.2(2)  Utility

Where topographical or other conditions are such as to make impractical the inclusion of utilities or drainage ways within the rear lot lines, perpetual unobstructed easements at least twenty (20) feet in width will be provided with satisfactory access to the road or rear lot lines.  Easements shall be indicated on all plats.  Zero lot line construction may warrant a variance from this requirements.  

Examples of Fence Regulations

Example of Interior Lot_Fence in Front Yard

Example Corner Lot_Fence in Front Yard



Examples of Site Plan Submittals

Example Interior Lot Site Plan Submittal

Example Corner Lot Site Plan Submittal

Site Plan or Map of Property

A plot plan or site plan prepared to scale by a registered surveyor is preferred.  If you do not have a plot plan or site plan, you may follow the instructions below to print out an illustration/map of your property.  You will need to add additional information to the map in order to meet the requirements of the fence submittal process.  See example above for information required on the drawing.  

How to print a site plan/map of your property: 

Select Sumner County Government's  then follow the steps below:

1.  Select - "I accept the terms of this agreement";

2.  Search by Name or Address;

3.  Select your name or property from the search results;

4.  "X" out of the pop up box displaying your name in the middle of the property;

5.  Select "Print Map" at top of screen;

6.  Enter address in Title;

7.  Select "Create Map"

8. Once it's finished creating map select "Click to Download your PDF";

9.  Roll mouse over bottom of screen to select print, or right click mouse and select print