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Do I need a building permit to put up a fence in Crofton, MD?

This is a good question to explore no matter what your locale. Talk about a last minute shock on the way to the settlement table! I remember the last minute discovery that the fence encroached on the neighbor's property had us scrambling for a remedy. Get the lines surveyed to be safe.

Crofton MD

This is from the Anne Arundel County Inspections and Permits website:

"A building permit is not required for fences up to 6-feet high unless the property is on a corner lot or waterfront. Be sure to check with your community for local requirements or covenants.

Even if a permit is not required, fence construction must meet all applicable codes, including, but not limited to:

    • All portions of the fence must be located within the property lines"

Pretty simple and straightforward really for the most part. I would also add sure are you about those property lines? Over the years, and over several owners, property lines tend to get somewhat vague.

If you're installing the fence, it's your responsibility to insure that it's entirely within your property lines, or you could end up having to pay for it to be moved.

Also, in Crofton you may not need a County building permit, but you may very well need approval from your HOA Architectural Committee, or the Crofton CCA. Again, it's your responsibility to get these done prior to having that fence installed.




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 Richard Iarossi is a full time licensed REALTOR®, working in Crofton, MD. My coverage areas are: Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Howard, Calvert, Queen Anne, and Baltimore City and County. I specialize in residential real estate, working with both buyers and sellers. Use the registration free search on my website at If you’re not already working with a REALTOR®...I can help. Call me at 443-995-9595 (Cell) or 410-451-6255 (Office).

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Comment balloon 0 commentsCheryl Ritchie • April 04 2013 07:19PM