September 15, 2017

Rules for putting up a fence in Hyde Park

What are the rules for putting a fence up?

Front yard fences are restricted to 48 inches. In March 2000 the City of Kansas City, Missouri passed a Fences and Walls ordinance number 000138. The ordinance specifies fence and wall heights of residential properties. The ordinance does not apply to any fence or wall constructed prior to March 20, 2000. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this ordinance upon conviction shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00, imprisonment for not more than six months, or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day a fence or wall is maintained in violation of this ordinance or any provision thereof shall constitute a separate offense. The ordinance includes no specifications for fencing or wall materials.

  1. Fences and walls: Generally, no fence or wall over six feet high shall be erected on a residential lot, provided that this height restriction is further limited in subsections (b), (c), (d) and (e) of this section.
    Front yard fences and walls. No fence or wall in the front year of a residential lot may be over 48 inches high. For the purposes of this subsection, front yard is defined as the open space on the same lot with a building used as a residence, between the front wall of the building and the line of that wall extended, the side property lines of the lot, and the front property line of the lot nearest the street on which the building fronts.
  2. Front yard fences and walls on vacant lots. No fence or wall in the front yard of a vacant residential lot may be over 48 inches high. For the purposes of this subsection, the front year is defined as the open space between the platted or established front building line, the side property lines of the lot, and the front property lone of the lot nearest the street. The depth of a front yard of any vacant residential lot shall not be less than the least depth of the front yard of any existing improved residential property on the same side of the street within the same block.
  3. Fences and walls on corner lots. No fence or wall in the front or side yard of a residential property may be over 48 inches high. For the purposes of this subsection, side yard is defined as the open space on the same lot with a building used as a residence, situated between the side wall of the building or structure and side property line of the lot nearest the street and extending through from the front yard to the rear yard. For purposes of this subsection, the rear yard is defined as the open space on the same lot with a building used as a residence between the rear line of the building and that line extended, the side property lines of the lot and the rear property line of the lot.
  4. Fences and walls on vacant corner lots. No fence or wall in the front or side yard of a residential corner lot may be over 48 inches high. For the purposes of this subsection, side yard is defined as the open space situated between the platted or established side yard setback line and the side property line of the lot nearest the street and extending through from the front yard to the platted or established rear yard setback line.
  5. Applicability. The requirements of this section do not apply to walls of buildings, portions of retaining walls below grade on one or both sides, or to any fence or wall constructed prior to March 20, 2000.