Coral Springs is a beautiful city in Broward County approximately 20 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale. Although despite the name, there are no springs in this city. There are however, many communities which have a very low crime rate, gorgeous properties and family-friendly school-zones. Coral springs is a great place to live if you’re based in South Florida, and it’s an even better place to buy a house.
In fact, as of 2017, Coral Springs has the second lowest property tax rates in Broward which tends to have one of the highest property tax rates in the whole country. And of course, with purchasing a new property, comes the purchase of a fence.
So if you’re looking into installing a fence in Coral Springs, FL, give this guide a quick read and then contact us to handle your installation.
Types of fence and fencing colors Coral Springs allows
Semi-privacy vinyl (PVC) fencing is the only type of vinyl fencing Coral Springs permits, so unfortunately, no full privacy for your backyard. A vinyl semi-privacy fence is a type of fencing that allows for wind-flow and visibility due to the small spacing in between the vertical members, or “pickets.” The most common style you’ll see that matches this description is the vinyl shadowbox fence. This particular style is a PVC recreation of the standard wood shadowbox predecessor. Another style that fits this requirement is the vinyl privacy with lattice top fence which, when installed at the height of 6′, has 5′ of privacy with a 1′ lattice window at the top of the section – keep in mind that if your backyard borders a waterway, you will not be able to install any PVC at all as it is categorized as “opaque” and blocks the vision of passing boats.
The typical galvanized chain link fence is not allowed for installation in Coral Springs. Luckily, there is a slight variant of the standard galvanized that features a vinyl coated surface which is usually available in black, green or brown. Most homeowners choose the black vinyl coated chain link option as it looks more modern in comparison to it’s brown and green counterpart.
Here are some examples of what those colors look like so you can see for yourself – Vinyl coated chain-link brochure.
Just like with vinyl fencing, wood fencing is only permitted for installation if it is a semi-privacy style variant. This usually means that your only choice when it comes to wood is shadowbox, as the other variant permitted is a board-on-board with lattice top which is typically very expensive and time-consuming to install.
Most aluminum fences are rail and picket style, so they are almost universally allowed in Coral Springs. This style is a great choice if you happen to live on a waterway because the visibility created by the spaces between the vertical members allows for optimal visibility by boat-operators when traversing local inter-coastal tracts.
Here’s a brochure of our manufacturer’s styles – Winrise aluminum fencing brochure
All residential fences in Broward County have a limit of 6′ without obtaining a variance from your city, which is very nearly impossible if you don’t fit their very specific criteria. And that’s just for the fencing installed behind the face of your house, meaning the sides and back. Any fencing installed in front of the face of your property is limited to 4′ in height, no exceptions. This is to provide clear visibility for drivers. The city of Coral Springs also specifically disallows the use of chain-link fencing for the front of your house.
A fencing setback is the amount of distance from the street your fence must be installed, regardless of the location of your property line. Fences are first and foremost always to be installed with your property line, however the sides of your house that face a street or waterway must be set back two and a half feet from your property line to allow for landscaping.
Forms to submit with your Coral Springs fencing permit request
Coral springs is one the more strict municipalities located in Broward County as they require several pages of forms when filing a permit. All permit applications must also be submitted with (2) copies of your properties survey with the fence-line clearly marked and style/fencing type indicated in print up them. One copy is submitted to the building department, and the second one is submitted to the zoning department.
In addition to the copies of your survey, your fencing contractor must also submit (2) copies of signed and sealed engineering drawings detailing the manufacturers fabrication specifications. These are submitted so the reviewers can ensure that the fencing materials installed on your property meet all Florida Building codes.
The first main form is a Broward County uniform building permit application. This form is the standard permit application form that all cities in Broward County currently use when requesting a fencing permit. A few years ago all cities used their own individual forms, but they have since reformed and are now universally using this one. This form requires you to look your property up on the Broward County Property Appraisal property search website in order to fill in the more technical questions asked.
Once the top portion is filled out, your contractor must full in their information, including their Broward County license number.
Once the form is completely filled out, both you as a homeowner, and your contractor must sign the bottom of the form in the presence of a notary, as this form also has to be notarized.
The next form required is the zoning addendum to the building permit. This form is submitted with your documents to the Coral Springs zoning department and is used to clearly indicate several key pieces of information to the reviewer such as fencing type, fencing manufacturer, building type and more.
If the total value of your fencing installation exceeds $2500, another form called the notice of commencement. According to this article, the purpose of this document is:
“The purposes of the Notice of Commencement are to signify the start of project and to provide basic contact information for the property owner, contractor, lender and about the surety. A Notice of Commencement is often a necessary document in order to obtain a building permit in Broward County. It acts as notification to all contractors, subcontractors, sub-subcontractors, laborers and materialmen that the work will start on the project. A Notice of Commencement is an important tool that helps to prevent the owner from being required to pay more than once for work and helps to ensure suppliers and subcontractors are paid.”David S. Tupler, P.A.
Next up is the Coral Springs landscaping affidavit. Coral Springs is definitely one of the nicest cities in South Florida, and in order to maintain appearances the city has enacted certain regulations to ensure that fences which face streets or waterways have certain decorative shrubs surrounding them, I’ll expound upon this in one of the following sections further.
Lastly, if your property contains an easement of any kind, you must request permission from multiple companies to install fencing upon them.
Coral Springs fencing inspection
Once your fence is installed, you must call for a final inspection. Coral springs requires two main inspection in the form of building and zoning, and one supplementary for landscaping if required.
According to the cities fence installation guide, their guide to inspections is as follows:
- If the fence is installed by the homeowner, they are responsible for installing the landscaping before calling for the zoning inspection on the fence. We will inspect the landscaping and fence at the same time. All required landscaping will be marked on the plans when reviewed by zoning.
- When a fence contractor installs the fence, two permit numbers are issued. The first one is for the fence and the second one for the landscaping. The contractor will schedule the zoning inspection and then when the homeowner is done installing the shrubs, the owner must call to schedule the landscape inspection. The permit will be closed only when all inspections are successfully completed.
- Failure to successfully complete the inspection process by closing out all permits (fence and landscape) may result in an expired permit status once the validity of the issued permits expires.
Coral Springs landscaping requirements for around fences
The city of Coral Springs requires landscaping in certain cases. Here’s the type of landscaping they recommend:
When landscaping is required, shrubs must be a minimum of 18” tall at time of planting and spaced a maximum of 18” apart on center. We strongly recommend the use of native planting materials.City of Coral Springs.
Landscaping is required when:
• Fence faces a street (right-of-way)
• Fence faces a waterway (canal, lake, Etc.)
Landscaping is not required:
• If the fence is immediately adjacent to a deck or patio.
• In the front yard when the fence is decorative.
• Along a section that faces any body of water and the fence is black vinyl, bronze or black aluminum rail.
Special note for properties with easements
Some, if not most properties in Coral Springs have a drainage or utility easement located on their surveys. An easement is the right of the utility and or drainage company to come onto your property and dig then install pretty much whatever they want. They typically do not ever end up using these easements, but they have the right to if they require it. If you do not ask for permission from these easement holders prior to installation of your fence, they can in the future, come to their easement and remove your fence.
The city of Coral Springs requires that these easement agreements be submitted with your permitting paperwork, so there’s no chance of getting around it. It’s unfortunate, but these utility and or drainage companies can be extremely slow when returning these agreements, so they can end up taking quite some time – sometimes longer than the permit review process.
Here’s what the city says about easements:
• If there is an easement, easement agreements will be required from the drainage district (D.E.), utility companies (U.E.), or association if it is a private waterway or easement.
• There are 6 Drainage Districts in Coral Springs, please contact the Community Development Division to determine which district you should contact for your property.
• For utility easements, you may pick up the easement agreement information package in the Building Division. This package contains all instructions necessary for this process.
• When permission from a homeowner’s associations is required, please obtain a letter on the association letterhead and signed by an officer of the association.