DO I NEED A FENCE PERMIT?
So you are looking to have a fence installed on your property, and you may be thinking to yourself, "Do I need a permit?" As a resident of Tinley Park, any time you have a desire to add to or improve your property, it is in your best interest to check with the Building Division to determine if you need a residential building permit for your next project. When it comes to adding a new fence to your backyard, this is especially important. According to the Village's Building Code, it specifically mentions that you need a permit before "construction, alteration, or repair" which is pretty broad, and applies to almost all situations when it comes to improving your home. Whether you are the original homeowner, recently had a house built, or just moved into an existing home, it is in your best interest to check with the Building Department before having a fence company install a new fence in your backyard!
Tinley Park Fence Permit Requirements
So you have decided you want to get a new fence, you have received estimates from multiple fence companies, and hopefully, you have decided that you want to have Illinois Fence Company install your fence! The next step in the process is to apply for a permit (NOTE: we can handle this for you). To do so, you are going to need to fill out a fence permit application.
The following information is required to apply for a fence permit:
The following information is required to apply for a fence permit:
- You need to provide the address of where the fence installation will take place
- The Village needs to know the total cost of the fence project
- You will need to provide the Village of Tinley Park details about the fence project, such as the height of the fence and the materials the fence company plans to use (i.e., wood, vinyl, aluminum, or chain link fence)
- They will need the homeowner's name, address, and phone number
- They will need the name, address, and phone number of the contractor or fence company that will be performing the work
- Lastly, you must sign and date the application
Plat of Survey
When submitting your fence permit application, you will need to provide the Village of Tinley Park your original Plat of Survey (the legal document that outlines your properties boundaries) which they will need to keep on file. It is essential to note that the Village can make a copy for your records. Before submitting the Plat of Survey, they require that you draw the fence out in the exact location you plan to have it installed. (Please note: Illinois Fence Company will also need a copy of your plat of survey at the time of purchase)
Fence Permit Fee
The good news is the fee for the fence permit in the Tinley Park is only $50 (much cheaper than nearby towns), but you are not required to pay this fee until the permit is approved and ready to be picked up from the Clerk's office. Many fence companies will include this in the overall cost of the fence and some cases, may even handle this process on your behalf.
It is essential to keep in mind that fence permits usually take around 7-10 business days to be processed by the Village of Tinley Park. So you will want to plan for this and make sure you get this process taken care of before having your fence installed. The last thing you want is your fence company sending out the installation crew before you receive your official permit from the Village. Once your fence permit becomes ready, the Building Department will notify you via telephone. You will have to physically drive over to the Village Clerk's Office to pick it up in person. Please note, do not go to the Building Department, but instead the Clerk's office, located in the Village Hall.
Fence Permit Expiration
It's essential to keep in mind that fence permit is only valid for six months from the date of issuance. Again, here at Illinois Fence Company, we can handle this process for you. It's also important to note that the fence installation must start within three months of when the permit was issued. Otherwise, the permit will be considered void. There are additional rules, like requesting extensions from the Building Commissioner if your permit is set to expire, but this is very rare in instances where homeowners are merely having a fence installed. Depending on the size of the project, fence installations typically take 1-3 days, so running out of time is rarely ever an issue with a fence permit.
Fence Company Requirements
All fence companies doing work in the Village of Tinley Park must be licensed and bonded with the Village before completing any fence installations. It's important because when you go to apply for fence permit, the Village will check to see if the fence company you have listed on your application is in good standing with this requirement. So it's imperative, whether you choose Illinois Fence Company, or another company, that you check to make sure they are licensed and bonded with the city of Tinley Park before submitting your fence permit application. Otherwise, you run the risk of application denial.
Property Owner Responsibility
As a property owner in the city of Tinley Park, it is your sole responsibility to obtain a fence permit. Whether you are having a new fence installed, or you are replacing an existing one, a permit is still required. As the homeowner, you are required to make sure the permit has been obtained and is in good standing before the fence company that you have selected performs work. As we have mentioned before, here at Illinois Fence Company, we can obtain a permit for you, but we will need your permission to do so as a third party acting on your behalf, but ultimately, it is still your responsibility.
You will need to call the Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators (J.U.L.I.E.) at least 48 hours before the fence company starts any digging on your property so that they can come out and mark all the underground cables. Please call 1-800-892-0123 to set up an appointment for them to come out.
Tinley Park Fence Restrictions
- The maximum height a fence company is allowed to install is six feet
- Post hole inspections are required
- All post holes dug must be at least 36 inches deep in the ground
- The fence installers must locate and mark lot pins, with a wire or string, to ensure that the fence remains inside your property boundaries
- The finished side of the fence must face outward
- You can place the fence on your property line, but it cannot extend past the front of your home
- You must maintain easements outside of your fence
- You can install wood, vinyl (PVC), or chain link fences in your backyard
- Barbed wire fences are not permitted
- If installing a chain link fence, the sharp points must be facing down
- Corner lots have special fencing requirements, and it is best to talk to the Village of Tinley Park for additional information
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 Tinley Park, please see their contact details below and reach out to them directly.