City of Pacific, MO
Franklin County
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[Ord. No. 1765 §1, 5-17-1994]
The following words shall have the meanings set out herein when used for this Chapter:
FENCE
A continuous structure, constructed of any material, erected upon a property line or setback line for the purpose of separating properties, or for screening, enclosing and or protecting the property within its perimeter.
FENCE HEIGHT
The vertical distance measured, from the side of the fence that is exterior to the property and/or from the lowest adjacent ground level to the top of the fence material.
OPEN FENCE
A fence (including any gates in said fence) which permits direct vision through at least ninety percent (90%) of any one square foot segment of vertical fence surface area; e.g., chain link or woven wire fence without slats.
ORNAMENTAL FENCE
A fence composed of wooden or metal parts, and used in a manner which is designed to add to the aesthetics or attractiveness of the lot upon which it is placed, rather than as an enclosure or barrier. Railings, along or adjacent to front stoops, porches, steps, landings, culverts, bridges or sidewalks, shall not be considered as decorative fences under this definition.
WALL
A masonry or wooden structure used as an enclosure, boundary marker or as a means of retention for either water or sliding earth.
WIRE FENCE
A fence whose principal material is wire. This includes, but is not limited to, chain link fences.
[Ord. No. 1765 §2, 5-17-1994; Ord. No. 2238 §1, 9-4-2001]
A. 
No fence or wall, either free-standing or attached to any building or structure, shall be erected, placed or constructed upon any lot unless the owner, contractor or duly authorized agent shall have first applied for, and received, a permit from the Building Commissioner. Hedges shall not require a fence permit.
B. 
Applications for a fence permit shall be accompanied by the processing fee, and shall be subject to the permit fee shown in Article IX of Title V of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Pacific, and shall be accompanied by the following:
1. 
Completed permit application.
2. 
Legal description and street address, if any, of the land for which the permit is requested.
3. 
An overall plot plan, including the shape and dimensions of the lot, together with the location, material and height of all proposed and existing fences.
4. 
A statement from the legal owner of the property authorizing the placement of the fence on the property.
[Ord. No. 1765 §3, 5-17-1994]
Appeal may be taken to the Board of Adjustment from the Building Commissioner's denial of a fence permit.
[Ord. No. 1765 §4, 5-17-1994]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to erect or maintain any fence or other like structure except as follows:
1. 
No fence shall be constructed which will constitute a traffic hazard.
2. 
The maximum permitted height in all zone districts, except "C-1" Commercial and "M-1" Industrial, is six (6) feet in side and rear yard setback areas and four (4) feet between the front setback line of the building and the front property line.
3. 
The maximum permitted fence or wall height in all "C" Commercial and "M" Industrial zone districts is six (6) feet, plus three (3) strands of barbed wire for security purposes (not to exceed seven (7) feet overall) in the side and rear yard setback areas and four (4) feet between the front setback line of the building and the front property line.
4. 
All fences and walls shall be measured from the natural grade of the subject property.
5. 
Along any property line or in any building setback where visible from a public street, permitted materials include wood, masonry, decorative wrought iron, decorative tubular steel or chain link. Only items sold or constructed and intended for use as a fence shall be used. Unless otherwise indicated in this Section, any other material requires approval by the Planning Commission.
6. 
Fences surrounding tennis courts or athletic fields shall be chain link and shall not exceed twelve (12) feet in height.
7. 
Fences enclosing an institution, a public playground, elementary, junior high, high school, college or university site shall not exceed eight (8) feet in height.
8. 
All fences shall be constructed in a workmanship like manner, with the horizontal or vertical support parts inside the fence area.
9. 
No provision of these fence requirements shall be construed as the right of the property owner to erect a fence on a public right-of-way. It shall be the responsibility of the property owner to insure that a fence does not block or obstruct the flow of storm water.
[Ord. No. 1765 §5, 5-17-1994; Ord. No. 2238 §2, 9-4-2001]
All fences and walls shall be constructed of new or good used material and in accordance with the methods of construction which conform to the requirements of the appropriate Building Code listed in Title V of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Pacific. Additionally, they shall be maintained in a state of good repair, free and clear of all debris, trash and weeds in accordance with the requirements of the International Property Maintenance Code listed in Title V of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Pacific. Any dilapidated, dangerous or unsightly fences or walls shall be repaired or removed. When a fence has deteriorated more than fifty percent (50%), it can no longer be repaired, it must be reconstructed or removed. Routine maintenance of a fence does not require a permit. When a fence is located on an adjoining lot line, the owner responsible for constructing said fence or wall shall be responsible for the maintenance and repair of that fence or wall. All fences shall be maintained in their original upright condition.
[Ord. No. 1765 §6, 5-17-1994]
A. 
Electrically-charged fencing approved by the Underwriter's Laboratory (or other testing laboratories officially recognized by the Building Inspection Department) shall be permitted for agricultural uses in the agricultural zones provided all portions of such fencing located adjacent to any "R" Residential zone district bear an identifying and warning sign every one hundred (100) linear feet or fraction thereof.
B. 
Barbed wire fences or any fence constructed in whole or part with sharp and/or pointed metal material, are prohibited except as provided in Subsection (C).
C. 
Barbed wire or other sharp and/or pointed metal material may be used as follows:
1. 
Along the top of a "wire fence" located in "C" Commercial and "M" Industrial zone districts, when such barbed wire or other sharp and/or pointed metal material is six (6) feet or greater in height from the base of the fence.
2. 
Barbed wire or other sharp and/or pointed metal material fences which were constructed for agricultural use prior to May 17, 1994, when such barbed wire or other sharp and/or pointed metal material is not located within two (2) feet of any paved portion of any public street, avenue, alley, park, cemetery, or other public place normally used for pedestrian activity.
Any change or modification to such fences, other than minor repair and/or maintenance, would prohibit that fence being replaced, in whole or in part, by barbed wire or other sharp and/or pointed metal material.