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If building a Privacy Fence between two residents and Ordinance states it can not be over 4 ft high when located forward of the front corner of the principal structure

of the property.

 

Does that mean the front corner of the Living Space or the front corner of the garage if it extends further out from the living space?

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The only way to be certain is to review the ordinances -- to see if there is a specific definition for the terms used in the ordinance.

It might also be relevant to do legal research and see how the courts in your state have construed and applied the ordinance.

Any other answer to your question that I might provide would be pure speculation.

 

 

 

 

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Thank you - This is verbatim of the Ordinance - Privacy fences located within residential communities must be no more than 4' high when located forward of the

front corner of the principal structure of the property.

 

The Code Enforcement Officer and the City Administrator both said it was from the front of the living space, as did the Clerks that worked in the offices and gave

out the information. Then upon questioning a 2nd time, it was stated the same way, the front corner of the living space.  Then out of the blue the City Attorney said

"My Opinion of this is the principal structure including the garage".  Where that came from no one knows.  They have been telling residents the living space of the

structure, as you do no live in your garage and if the garage sticks out past your living space, it does not qualify.  Now, all of a sudden it does qualify.  Is there some law

or what that a City Attorney can just give an opinion and the Ordinance is then changed without it being in writing?

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The Ordinance seems to clearly state the "front corner of the principal structure" if the garage is attached to the house it is part of the principal structure.  The city attorney is way more qualified to say what the law actually means than any of the others you named.

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Do the ordinances include a "Definitions" section?

Words like "principal structure," or, just "structure" etc. may be given particular meanings in the Definitions ordinance that affect the interpretation of the ordinance that you are asking about.

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