[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Commission of the City of Parsons 6-2-1975 by Ord. No. 4451 (§ 7-4 of the 1985 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 7-20-2009 by Ord. No. 6189]
It is unlawful for any person to have or maintain a barbwire or electrified fence along or near any sidewalk, street, or public place within the City of Parsons. Any person violating this section shall be notified by the City to remove the fence within 24 hours after notice to do so from the City. A person violating this section shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor and subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-2 of this Code, and each day the violation shall continue shall be a separate offense.
[Added 9-25-1978 by Ord. No. 5121 (§ 7-3 of the 1985 Code)]
No fence or wall shall be built or maintained on any lots in the City which is more than four feet in height in the front yard or more than six feet in height in the side or rear yard; provided, however, that a fence which is not more than 25% of solid or unopen construction may be constructed to any height. The terms "front yard," "side yard" and "rear yard" shall be defined for the purpose of this section as they have been defined in the City Zoning Regulations.
This section shall not apply to fences or walls located on or inside the required building setback line for the lot.
The height limitation for a fence or wall in a side yard on a corner lot shall be no more than four feet in height in the required front and rear yard setback and no more than six feet in height otherwise, provided that the height may be six feet in the rear yard setback where no alley is platted.
The height limitation for a fence or wall in a side interior lot shall be no more than four feet in height in the required front yard setback and no more than six feet in height otherwise.
[Added 10-7-2013 by Ord. No. 6296]
A permit shall be required whenever erecting a new fence or retaining wall, extending an existing fence or wall, or replacing more than 50% of an existing fence within the City. A fence permit application must be completed, submitted to the Building Inspector and approved prior to the commencement of erecting a fence. There shall be no fee charged to obtain a fence permit. A permit will be issued if the proposed fence meets all applicable zoning regulations, requirements of the applicable building code and requirements of the Parsons City Code. It shall be unlawful to erect a fence without a permit. A person or entity violating this section shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor and subject to a fine of $50 and not more than 10 days in jail if the fence constructed without a permit meets all applicable zoning regulations, requirements of the applicable building code and requirements of the Parsons City Code. In the event the constructed fence does not meet the applicable zoning regulations, requirements of the applicable building code or requirements of the Parsons City Code, the applicable fine shall not be less than $1,000 unless the fence becomes compliant by a deadline set by the municipal court judge. In the event the fence becomes compliant by said deadline, the fine shall be reduced to $50. The City reserves the right to also pursue any and all civil remedies, including injunctive relief, in addition to the penalties and provisions contained herein.
A fence shall be defined as a freestanding structure of metal, masonry, glass, plastic or wood or any combination thereof, resting on or partially buried in the ground and rising above ground level, and used for confinement, screening or partition purposes, but which does not pose a threat to public safety or health.