Fencing

Fencing Regulations

VISION OBSTRUCTIONS
On any corner lot, no structure, fence, wall, hedge, or other planting shall be erected or allowed to grow, be placed or maintained at a height of more than three (3) feet above the center lines of the intersecting roads within a triangle formed by said center lines and a straight line connecting said center lines at a point seventy-five (75) feet from the intersection of the center lines for local roads and two hundred (200) feet from the intersection of the center lines for collector or major roads.

WALLS AND FENCES

1. General
A standard fence may be erected and maintained at any point on any lot in any district, except as provided under Vision Obstructions.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, no such fence shall be built upon, interfere with or project over or onto any public right-of-way or interfere with any sight distances at intersections or roads.

A “Standard Fence” is any fence, wall or other like divisional construction or enclosure which 1) is composed of nongrowing material; 2) if located between the street line and building line (or on either line), is four (4) feet or less in height; 3) if located in any other setback area, is six and one-half (6-½) feet in height or less; and, 4) does not contain any barbed wire, razor wire, razor ribbon wire, electrical wire or similar material.

2. Construction

  1. Wooden fences shall be erected with the “finished side” or “good side” facing toward the public streets of the Borough and toward adjoining properties.

  2. Chain-link and other wire mesh fencing, as well as other fences which are painted, should be painted with a color which blends in with the surroundings and which does not attract the attention of drivers on public streets. Aluminum, galvanized or light reflecting colors are discouraged.

3. Maintenance
All fences within the Borough must be maintained in good repair at all times.

4. Prohibitions

  1. Barbed wire fencing is prohibited within the Borough.

  2. Razor wire and razor ribbon fencing are prohibited within the Borough.

  3. Electric wire fencing or any other electrified fencing is permitted within the Borough only if the following conditions are met:

  1. Above-ground electric fences are treated like structures and must comply with all applicable setbacks.

  2. The electric fence controller (the device which puts the voltage on the wire or wires of the fence, usually containing a positive and negative terminal) must be approved by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

  3. The approved electric fence controller may not be modified.

  4. The following safety standards must be met: a) continuous current or an alternating sixty (60) Hz current in the fence is not permitted; b) the voltage on the wire must be pulsed with at least one (1) second between each pulse; and, c) the enclosure must be designed and maintained so that there is no risk of shock, fire, injury or other hazard to person or property.

  5. The requirements of UL Standard 69, as the same is modified, amended, supplemented or replaced from time to time, shall be met on each day the fence is maintained.

  6. Warning signs shall be placed along the fence sufficient to warn persons of the location and nature of the fence. In particular, such signs shall be designed to convey a message of danger to small children who may be unable to read.

  7. The electrical fence must be installed in accordance with the National Electric Code and must be inspected by a third-party electrical agency that is certified with the PA Department of Labor & Industry.  A copy of the electrical inspection report must be filed with the Borough.

  1. No fence shall be located in undisturbed open space.  No fence, other than a standard fence, shall be located too close to undisturbed open space.  As used herein, “too close” shall mean within the required setback for the zoning district in which the fence will sit, measured from the perimeter of the undisturbed open space.

  2. No fence shall be erected, constructed, replaced or moved until a permit has been received from the Zoning Officer. An Application for Building/Zoning Permit must be completed and a site plan submitted indicating the location and height of the fence.  A fee may be charged in an amount determined from time to time by Borough Council by resolution.

5. Underground Fences
Underground electrical wiring, commonly referred to as “silent” or “invisible” fences, may be installed at any location on a homeowners property without restriction.

Building Permit for Fences
To obtain a building permit for a fence a site plan indicating the height and location of the fence must be submitted along with the Application for Building/Zoning Permit.