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Do I Need a Permit to Build a Fence?

Does Oviedo require a permit to build a fence?

Yes. Yes! Yes!!  When building a fence within the city limits of Oviedo, or any Central Florida municipality,  that fence must be permitted. Don’t let anyone or any company in Oviedo convince you otherwise.  In fact, if a fence company tells you that you don’t need a permit, run fast and don’t look back. Chances are the fence company or individual is not licensed and insured, and the fence they install for you will not meet local building codes.

 

What happens if you build a fence without a permit?

 

  1. First, permits are a great way to ensure that the work completed was done correctly, and is completed to building code. Think of it as a form of consumer protection. Permits will need to pass an inspection with code enforcement in order to be closed.
  2. Secondly, unpermitted work can affect your homeowner’s insurance coverage in addition to causing very costly issues if you decide to sell your home.
  3. Last, you can be fined by the city, then have to purchase a permit and pass an inspection. Your inspection may fail, resulting in you needing to complete the project again.

 

If you are still thinking that you don’t need a fence permit, think twice. When you try to pull that fence permit, a city permit technician will utter words such as:

 

  • Historic District
  • Special District
  • Signed and Stamped Architectural Drawing
  • Planned Develop Agreement
  • Pool Code
  • Double Frontage Lot
  • Front Yard Set Back
  • Reverse Corner
  • Right-A-Way
  • Maximize Height Limits
  • Urban Design
  • Department of Transportation
  • Visibility Triangle
  • Corner Clip
  • Administrative Modification
  • Variance and much more…..

 

This is why it’s important to hire professionals who understand permitting and your municipality’s building codes.

 

So yes!!! You do need a fence permit!  Visit the City of Oviedo website and find out more:  https://www.cityofoviedo.net/478/Building-Permits   When in doubt call Paramount Fencing or visit them on the web at www.paramountfencing1.com 

 

ALL MUNICIPALITIES IN CENTRAL FLORIDA AREA REQUIRE FENCE PERMITS, EVEN IF YOU ARE ONLY REPLACING. THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS UNINCORPORATED LAKE COUNTY OR SEMINOLE COUNTY WHO DO NOT REQUIRE FENCE PERMITS FOR CHAIN LINK OR FIELD FENCE.

Responsible Oviedo Fence Company Doing Their Part…

Fence, Vegetation, and Visibility Oviedo.

Anyone that commutes on 426 from Oviedo to Geneva or Geneva to Oviedo knows how dangerous that commute can be.   Last Tuesday there was a terrible accident at Walsh and 426 around 7:40 AM.    The road was shut down.   Anyone who passed the aftermath once the road re-opened probably cringed.

The simple fact is this accident was avoidable.   The line of sight for commuters turning off of Walsh on to 426 was blocked by overgrown vegetation which prevented Northbound traffic from knowing someone was turning southbound.   Couple that with the fact the only passing lanes on 426 as you travel Northbound out of Oviedo starts within 500 feet of the intersection of Walsh Street and 426, an impatient motorist, disaster was inevitable.

The vegetation was part of the Problem.   So we at Paramount Fencing solved that part of the problem.   We contacted the property owner, and with their permission and full cooperation, have removed all vegetation which prevents northbound traffic from knowing a car is turning off of Walsh on to 426 at no charge.    If you know of a similar problem on 426, contact us, and we will remove that vegetation free of charge.

In the meantime,  here is where we need your help.   We need the people to contact District Two Seminole County Commissioner and request that the passing lanes on 426 before and after Walsh Street be eliminated.   We know it sucks, but there are no passing lanes on State Road 46 between Geneva and Oviedo on SR 426 with the exceptions of Walsh, Murphy, and Marsh Streets.    All of these passing lanes are within 500 feet of those intersections.  Understand, these once dirt roads are now paved and are popular short cuts.

Contact Information

Please send e-mail to gvenn@seminolecountyfl.gov
Phone: (407) 665-7205
Fax: (407) 665-7958
Board of County Commissioners
Seminole County Services Building
1101 E. First Street
Sanford, FL 32771

We are asking for your help because one of the vehicles has a mom and three kids involved.   Next, the local bus stop for Geneva Elementry is located where the two cars came to rest.   Understand, the buss normally picks those kids up at 7:45 AM.   Just a reminder the accident happened at 7:40 A.M.  This could have been much worse.

Thanks for your help, Oviedo and Geneva.  Lets drive save. Lets Fence Safe..

Kip HudaKoz- President and Founder Paramount Fencing, Inc.

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Before You Spend That Tax Refund On A Fence

The new year is coming, and replacing that old fence will be on the forefront of a homeowners to do list…   In most cases, homeowners will use their tax refunds to accomplish that goal.

We at Custom Fence Oviedo are encouraging you to do your homework.    Understand, with the recent hurricanes,  thousands of new fence companies have popped up across the Central Florida Area, most small.    What you may not know is the hurricane work is quickly dwindling, and hundreds of those fences companies are going out of business, so protect yourself.    How do we know? Well according to the Owner of Paramount Fencing, “We are dealing with multiple homeowners who had a previous fence company disappear with their deposits. ”   He further added, “We are assisting several customers who job sites where abandoned by a so-called fence company.”

Our best advice is to do your research and make sure you follow Custom Fence Oviedo’s seven-step approach, especially if you desire a wood, vinyl, or aluminum fence in Oviedo, Winter Springs, or Geneva Florida.

Seven Step Approach to Selecting A Fence Company.

  1. Select a company that will actually show up to look at the scope of the project.
    1. Here is why:    If a company is not willing to show up and meet with you, you are just a number that justifies a means.  That’s right.  The fence company cares more about the exchange than the fact that you will stare at their lack of interest for 8 – 10 – 12 years.
  2. Understand exactly what the company does.
    • Here is why:   With the hurricane, we have seen a lot of non-traditional fence companies trying to install fences.   From landscapers to bug control guys, and from handy-man services to two guys in a truck.  Understand, fence companies do not generally dabble in other industries.   The fencing world is very technical.  If you don’t understand the product or what is being installed,  disaster lurks.  Just ask the homeowner in Seminole Woods who paid their landscaping company to put in their fence, only to find out six months later they just poured 12K down the drain.
  3. Understand the materials and building method being used.
    • Here is why:    The fencing world and manufactured products are very technical.   Don’t use the right parts, and disaster is lurking.  Just ask the Alafaya Woods homeowner whose T&G pickets won’t stay inside the pocket rail because the fence company did not follow manufacturer specifications, and used shorter pickets meant for another fencing system.  Now they are out 6k.
  4. Make sure the fence company is an actual business.
    • Here is why: Too many times we see consumers skipping this step.   Then, when problems occur they have no recourse.   The best way to verify a company really exists is to visit Sunbiz.org.   Understand, all fence companies where forced to incorporate in 2004.  Use the link to search fence is active or inactive corporation:  Sunbiz.org.   You can look them up by company name or by owner’s name. Bottom line, if you do business with an inactive corporation, you have no recourse.
  5. Make sure the company is going to follow all rules, laws and manufacturer specifications.
    • Here is why:  We are receiving a growing number of phone calls about fence companies not pulling, or pulling and not closing out permits.   Understand, any fence with the exception of field fence or chain link fence on agricultural properties must be permitted in Seminole County.  All residential zoned property need permits.
  6. Listen to what the reviews state.
    • Here is why:  Reviews will generally provide you a snapshot of a companies character, but use trusted sources like the BBB, Angieslist, or Google.   Understand, not all review sites possess safeguards to prevent self-reporting.
  7. Ask yourself a very important question.  Did the salesperson or company sell you, or educate you?
    • Here is Why:  It so easy for a consumer to be sold by a likable salesperson or someone that tells you what you want to hear.  That is why it is important to step back and ask yourself the following three questions:
      1. Was the product being used presented as a highlight reel, or full of helpful information?
      2. What information did they provide about the installation process and craftsmanship?
      3. Did they answer or provide information about the aesthetics, structures, and liabilities associated with the project?

Understand the seven steps are essential, a must follow.   It will assist you in avoiding common mistakes that result in the waste of those tax dollars.

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