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Do I Need A Permit To Build A Fence In Katy?

Updated: Jan 28, 2023


Each week the Emerson family owners of Emerson Home Enhancements a Katy fence company tried to answer some of the commonly asked questions we receive from local homeowners. One of the questions that most homeowners ask before having a new fence installed is “Do I need a permit to build a fence in Katy” the answer The City of Katy does not require permits or inspections to install or repair a fence in Katy. However, before you dig you are required to give a 48-hour notice before you dig. You can call 811 and at no cost they will alert the utility companies (gas, electric, cable, and phone) to come and mark the yard before our Katy fence company digs post holes. There are a few reasons to call 811:

1. Having the area marked to alert the team where buried gas pipes and high voltage electric lines keeps us safe. Calling 811 prevent 999 of 1,000 excavation accidents.

2. It’s the state law unless you are marking for landscaping lights, sprinkler systems, gas grill lines or invisible pet fences.

3. Prevents hitting a line that may cause people or areas of Katy to have no service

4. The failure to call 811 before installing a fence can result in fines to both the homeowner and company.

Another thing that homeowners need to remember before having a fence installed in Katy is to check with their homeowner associations regarding their specifications. Some HOA require their residents to use cedar wooden fence and have rot boards or kicker boards added to keep the fence off the ground. If you hire a Katy fence company who does follow HOA guidelines, you can be fined, or the fence can be removed costing you money and time.

Question: I live in Houston; do I need a pool fence?

Regardless of where you live in Texas (Houston, Katy, Sugar Land) you need a fence around the perimeter of your pool because this is a Texas state law. The city of Houston also requires the pool fence be a minimum of four feet high with less than a four-inch gap to avoid small children squeezing through the protective barrier and potentially drowning. The gate of the pool fence must be self-closing and self-latching. If you are looking for a pool fence, we recommend installing an aluminum or vinyl. Both types of material are affordable for your pool fence and come in several colors to choose from and are easy to maintain.

Question: How Close To My Katy Property Line Can I Build My Fence?

Texas does not have a state law that addresses boundary lines which has caused many of disputes, if this arises try to work through it outside of court. Items such as a title or appraisal search can verify the property lines. If you are looking to have a new fence installed and have questions about boundaries line click here.

Have A Question? Contact Our Katy Fence Company

If you have questions, we have answers. Call our Katy fence company and one of our friendly staff will be glad to assist you. If you are looking to new fence, we offer a variety of options from pool fence to split rail, wooded, vinyl, aluminum, composite, and Trex with service in Katy, Sugar Land, Richmond, and greater Houston. When you work with us you can expect:

  • Free and Fast Quotes

  • 3-year fence warranty

  • Superior Craftmanship

  • Friendly and Knowledgeable Customer Service

Contact us today to schedule your free fence estimate or to answer your questions. Simply give us a call at 281-545-7740 or by clicking the link below

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