Fences, Walls and Other Similar Improvements
Fences and wall improvements on private properties in the R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, and S-R Residence Districts, Planned Development (PD) Districts, C-1 and C-3 Commercial Districts, and I-1 Light Industry District as found in the Urban Area boundary of the City of Hibbing are regulated under City Code of Ordinances *Sec. 11.03, General Provisions in Subd. 17. Said improvements shall also include but not necessarily be limited to hedges and shrubs. This information is a general overview of these regulations and is intended to assist with the construction or installation and placement of any such improvement as regulated and noted above. *See said Sec. 11.03, Subd. 17 for all applicable regulations concerning above noted improvements.
A Zoning Permit application shall be required for any fence or wall six (6) feet or less in height in above noted zoning districts. Per State Building Code a Building Permit application shall be required for and fence or wall greater than six (6) feet in height in said Residence Districts and PD Districts [NOTE: such fence or wall greater than six (6) feet in height shall comply with minimum building setback regulations from property lines that are applicable in said districts].
All improvements listed under this ordinance shall be located on private property. Setback regulations do not apply to fences/walls six (6) feet or less in height, however to avoid future ownership and maintenance disputes the property owner is strongly advised to locate such fences/walls no less than 6 inches from the property line, NOT directly on it. Each property owner is responsible to be aware of the correct location of his/her property lines and easements [NOTE: The City of Hibbing does not provide land surveying services. Property line disputes between owners of private property are civil matters so the City of Hibbing and its departments have no jurisdiction or legal authority to reconcile or mediate such issues.]. Remember, to avoid such disputes it is advisable to never allow any such improvement to encroach upon property lines. Street and alley right-a-way lines are property lines as well.
You are required to call Gopher One Call Before You Dig, 800-252-1166 or 651-454-0002.
For purposes of public safety any above noted improvement located within the Clear View Triangle of a corner lot is subject to further regulations as follows: The maximum height of any such improvement within said Clear View Triangle shall be three (3) feet in height, or 60 inches in height provided it is a chainlink or wire mesh fencing with no obstruction or screening material added to interfere with the safe line of sight for vehicle and foot traffic approaching intersection [NOTE: the maximum height of said improvements shall be measured from the grade elevation of the applicable street or road centerlines as obtained from the City Engineers Department]. Said Clear View Triangle is the area of a corner lot formed by extending the legs of said triangle forty (40) feet from the corner of the intersecting right-of-way lines of the public streets or roads in each direction and then by joining these legs by a hypotenuse line that extends through the lot in question (and adjacent lot if applicable) [NOTE: roadways, curb/gutter, boulevards and City sidewalks are located within the public right-of-way, NOT within private property lines]. **"Clear View Triangle" - Example Site Plan (not-to-scale)**
Surveys are not required, but they are recommended. It is the responsibility of the private property owner erecting the fence to know where their property line boundaries are. If a survey is not submitted with a permit application, a clear and accurate site plan must be submitted indicating property line locations which can be verified in the field, the location of structures on the property, and the location of the proposed fence.
- Fences under 6 feet high = $20.00 Zoning Permit
- Fences over 6 feet high = $35.00 Buildng Permit
Residential Building Permit Fees do not include Plan Review Fees which are computed on a separate fee schedule, State Surcharges Fees or the Zoning Permit Fee of $20.
Effective: September 26, 2022
For More Information
See Zoning Regulations (insert ordinance document or link here).
Building Safety & Construction Services is responsible for both Building and Zoning Permits.