City of Firebaugh, CA
Fresno County
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[Ord. #343, S1; Ord #01-04, S1]
It is the purpose of this section to provide for the regulation of the height, composition and location of fences, hedges and walls for the purpose of providing for light, air, and privacy, and safeguarding the public health, safety and welfare by preventing visual obstructions at street and highway intersections and other conditions dangerous to public health and safety. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to set aside or reduce the requirements established for security fencing by either local, State or Federal law, or by safety requirements of the board of education. The regulations of the zoning ordinance of the city, as amended, shall apply and the following shall be in addition to those regulations. In case of conflict, this section shall apply.
[Ord. #343, S2]
A fence or wall shall be constructed along the perimeter of all areas considered by the council to be dangerous to the public health and safety. The height of such wall shall be determined by the council in relation to the danger or hazard involved. The fence or wall may be required when a use requires a permit or at the discretion of the council according to the danger or hazard involved.
[Ord. #343, S3]
All present and future fences, hedges and walls shall conform to the corner cut-off provisions as follows:
On property at any street corner formed by intersecting streets or on a curved street, it is hereby declared hazardous, a nuisance and unlawful to install, set out, or maintain, or to allow the installation, setting out or maintenance of any sign, fence, wall, hedge, shrubbery, natural growth or other similar obstruction to the view, higher than three feet above the level of the center of the adjacent intersection, within that triangular area between the property lines and a diagonal line joining points on the property lines, 30 feet from the point of their intersection, or in the case of rounded corners the triangular area between the tangents to the curve and a diagonal line joining points on said tangent 30 feet from the point of their intersection.
The foregoing subsection shall not apply to:
Buildings and other structures for which a permit is required under the building code of the city, public utility poles, fire hydrants, trees trimmed to the trunk to a line at least eight feet above the level of the intersection, saplings, plant species of open growth habits and not planted in the form of a hedge, which are so planted and trimmed as to leave at all seasons a clear and unobstructed crossview for vehicular traffic on the curved or intersecting streets;
Supporting members of appurtenances to permanent buildings existing before May 1, 1976, except as provided herein, no obstruction to cross-visibility of traffic shall be deemed to be excepted from the application of this section because of its being in existence on May 1, 1976;
Official warning signs or signals at places where the contour of the ground is such that there can be no traffic cross-visibility at the intersection;
Signs mounted 10 feet or more above the ground and whose supports do not constitute an obstruction to cross-visibility to traffic.
[Ord. #343, S4; Ord. #01-04, S2]
Whenever any person neglects or fails to conform to, or to provide that property over which he has control conforms to the provisions of this Chapter 17, the director of public works may require upon 20 days' written notice, such compliance. The person may within this time object to or protest the requirements of the notice by appealing to the council which shall hear and pass upon the appeal within 15 days. In the event noncompliance continues thereafter, the city may declare the violation to be a public nuisance detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the city. Such declaration is in addition to, without limitation on, and alternative to the right and authority of the city to prosecute for violation of a city ordinance.
[Ord. #343, S5; Ord. #00-13, S1]
No person shall erect, construct, place, or enlarge any fence, hedge or wall as defined in the zoning ordinance of the city, as amended, without first obtaining a separate permit for each undertaking from the building official of the city. The applicant shall pay a fee for such permit in the amount established from time to time by resolution of the city council.
[Ord. #01-04, S3]
For purposes of this section, the term "security wire" shall mean any metal wire or ribbon for fences or barriers having sharp metal barbs, points or blades twisted into or otherwise affixed to smooth wire or ribbon at regular intervals, including but not limited to barbed wire or tape, razor wire or tape, concertina wire, or similar security toppings.
No person shall install or maintain any security wire as, on or as part of a fence, hedge or wall within any residential district as defined in the zoning ordinance of the city, or along any property line which is a boundary between any other district established by the zoning code and an abutting residential district.