Many types of walls and fences are installed in Greensboro, for many types of properties. One common necessity for both residential and commercial properties is the need to build fences. It’s very important to know the fencing regulations that have been set forth by the city of Greensboro. General Development Standards cover a wide variety of rules regarding commercial and residential development. The following are a few key fence regulations regarding installing fences for commercial and residential properties.

The article in the development ordinance that contains these particular regulations is titled General Development Standards. And the section on fences and walls (Section 30-9-4) addresses what guidelines Greensboro residents who are building fences and walls need to know. All walls and fences must follow these standards regarding their materials and uses. These rules apply to fences and walls that are intended for temporary use as well.

Residents should be aware that all fencing materials must fall under the category of one of the following types. This approved list includes fences made of: A) masonry or stone; B) ornamental metal; C) chain-link or woven wire; D) plastic or vinyl; E) wood; or F) similar materials. Any property that contains a fence or a wall that is not made of the aforementioned materials is in direct violation of Greensboro development codes.

Aside from the material of the fences, the actual way in which the fence and wall material is used has explicit restrictions and standards. Fences comprised primarily of barbed or razor wire are forbidden to be used in residential or commercial properties. These types of fences are restricted to use in agricultural reasons, for the purpose of raising livestock. People may want to guard or shield property using these methods, but they are restricted.

Another type of fence that is restricted is one that incorporates electrical currents for protection. Any electrical shock that comes from the fence should only be intended for raising livestock and securing them to a property. Using electrical currents for any other purpose on the fence on residential or commercial properties is forbidden. Agricultural reasons are the sole purpose that any such fences should be built onto a property. Any shocking to humans should therefore be purely accidental.

Property owners must be careful to make sure fences are built with the safest materials which will not contribute to potential damage or destruction. Fences and walls must also be built of durable and sturdy materials, as opposed to anything that can easily and quickly be consumed and spread by fire. Flammable materials, other than wood, are not to be used as fence materials. This includes any paper, cloth, or canvas material.

In some residential zoning districts, there are cases when barbed or razor wire is limited to the top of the fences. But this is only allowed in the cases of fences built around public institutions for public safety and security purposes. Where there is no public institution or potential public safety issue, the same rules apply for any barbed wire fencing. It will be prohibited.