Fence Permit Application Process
So, are you looking to have a fence installed? As a resident of the Village of Homer Glen, you are going to need to apply for a fence permit before you can have a local fence company replace an existing fence, or have a new fence installed on your property for the first time. It is essential to note that the fence installation process cannot begin before obtaining this permit.
To submit for a fence permit, you will need the following information:
Fence Permit Timelines
Your fence installation must begin within 180 days of when you obtain the fence permit and construction must end within one year of the date the permit was issued. If you do not meet these timeframes, you must file for an extension. Otherwise, the Village of Homer Glen will consider your permit null and void. The good news is, local fence companies can complete most projects in 1-3 days, depending on the size and scope of the project. It's also important to remember that you must schedule and successfully pass a final inspection within one year, or else the village has the right to apply monetary penalties. Please keep in mind the building permit fee is non-refundable.
Homeowners Association Rules
Do you live in a subdivision that has an HOA? You will want to make sure that you check with your homeowners' association so that you fully understand their covenants and restrictions as it relates to your intended fence installation. There are some cases where they are even more strict than the rules and regulations that will be enforced by the Village of Homer Glen. In many cases, when you live in a subdivision with an HOA, you have to get their approval before having a fence installed. Here at Illinois Fence Company, we are very familiar with the rules and regulations of each subdivision.
Fence Contractor Guidelines
Local fence companies are not allowed to install fences in the Village of Homer Glen without being a registered contractor. So make sure when you are getting multiple estimates from different fencing contractors that you verify they are registered to perform fence installations in your city. If you end up selecting a fence company that is not a registered contractor, your permit application will end in a denial. If you plan to do the work yourself, registration does not apply.
According to the Village of Homer Glen, you must request an inspection two business days ahead of time, but in some cases, you may be eligible for next day inspection (if applicable) if you ask for an inspection before 2 pm of the previous day. Make sure to have your fence permit number available when you call in to schedule your inspection. Make sure to complete the first inspection within six months of receiving the fence permit and make sure to complete your final inspection within one year. Otherwise, the permit will expire, and you will need to renew it. Here at Illinois Fence Company we can help you with this part of the fence installation process.
- For the side and rear yard, the maximum fence height allowed is 6 feet tall for residential properties, and 8 feet tall for commercial and industrial fence installations.
- In regards to front yards, and corner side yards, the maximum height of the allowable fence is 4 feet tall, and the fence itself must be at least 50% open.
- Fence companies must dig all fence post holes 42 inches into the ground in regards to the surrounding grade of the yard.
- Please keep in mind if your fence is going to be around or near a public easement, that your fence does not alter or obstruct any drainage easements. You also have to make sure that if you are having a solid fence installed that it remains 3" inches above the grade in that area.
Fence Requirements for Pools
There are some critical rules and regulations fence companies need to follow during the fence installation process, when the homeowner is having a fence installed for the safety and security of a pool. For instance, pool gates, they must open away from the pool. They also must be self-closing and self-latching at the same time. The self-latching device needs to be installed 54 inches from the ground so that young children cannot easily access and open the gate. If the self-latching mechanism is less than 54 inches from the ground, the release mechanism must face the interior of the pool area and not be less than 3 inches from the top of the gate. If you have an in-ground pool, you will need to have a fence installed that is 48 inches in height above the grade of your backyard. If you have an above ground pool, any portion of the pool wall that is less than 48 inches, will require fencing in that area as well.
Property Line Responsibility
According to the Village of Homer Glen, it is the responsibility of the homeowner (not the fence company or village) to know where the property lines are before beginning the fence installation process. The village is not responsible for checking or verifying your property lines. So should you have a fence installed over your property boundaries, the expense to have it fixed will fall on you.
Still Have Questions?
If you have questions or concerns about your upcoming fence installation with Illinois Fence Company, please feel free to call, text, or email us at any time. If you need to speak with the Village of Homer Glen, please see their contact details below and reach out to them directly.