Get off the fence HOA approval on residential enclosures

In recent years, the number of Homeowner Associations has increased exponentially. These are the top tips from Residential fence experts on how to avoid the pitfalls when installing the fence you want.

The most common error homeowners make when installing fences is not checking the Homeowners Association by-laws.

It is impossible to assume that the actions of your neighbors with regard to their yard and fence are in compliance with your HOA regulations.

Your HOA may not approve a neighbor’s fence enclosure or gate.

One particular job involved a customer who scheduled a chain-link fence installation. As the work was progressing, the customer panicked when the HOA informed her that no chain link was permitted in the community. Nearby yards that had used chain-link fences before her request was told to get rid of them and look for other options. The residents were not allowed to install vinyl or ornamental aluminum in the neighborhood.

Another example is when a customer provided her information weeks ahead of time to the HOA. She assumed the fence had been approved because she hadn’t heard back from the HOA. She agreed to install the fence. Later, the HOA stated that they had not received her request. The HOA ordered the customer to remodel her fence according to their standards and approve her choice of style.


Many homeowners disagree with HOA regulations, believing they are impractical, ineffective, or overly restrictive. However, these rules are necessary to enforce the CC&Rs of a community and to maintain the neighborhood’s aesthetics and value. Without these rules, communities would fall into disarray, affecting the values of homes and the general appeal of the neighborhood. Therefore, it’s important to understand the rules before you sign an HOA deed. So first make sure you understand the rules in your neighbor regarding a fence. Then call to see if your design is acceptable to be build as chainlink and barbwire can sometimes be rejected. 


1. Take the time to read the HOA regulations. You should always ensure that you are using the latest version. All questions regarding specific regulations should be directed to the HOA president or another board member. Keep track of the time and date of your call. Also, keep track of the name of the person you spoke to, and what was said during that conversation.

2. Note down what you would like to convey to the HOA in your letter. You should anticipate the HOA board’s questions about your project in your correspondence. Include possible solutions for any problems the board might have regarding your project.

3. Include blueprints, photos, and drawings. Include the exact dimensions of your project as well as any other relevant details in your letter. Include photos or the colors of the materials that you plan to use. Make sure your letter is clear and concise.

4. Keep a copy of your letter for your records. Send your request to the homeowners association. Include the best way for members to reach you, such as a home or work number.

5. If you have not heard back from the board within one week of mailing, follow up with your letter. Confirm that your letter was received and request a date when the board will decide on your property’s plans.

6. If your request for a variance is denied, you can appeal to the board to get a variance. A hearing to appeal your decision may be held, during which time you can present your case before the whole board. To support your argument, you can ask your neighbors for their support.

You must first get approval from the HOA. The fence contractor is not responsible for obtaining approval from the HOA or finding out the rules. An experienced fence company can help you with any installation issues.
You can get fence samples and photos of existing installations from them to help you get approval from the HOA before starting construction. This will ensure that you don’t have to be on the fence together with your Home Owners Association.

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