Dingman Township Guidance Document
Dingman Township Ordinance Guidance
for inquiring about the Dingman Township Regulations
that pertain to constructing and maintaining fences.
The guidance is intended to assist a property owner
in navigating the various ordinances that regulate
fences. The guidance addresses typical situations
but is not all-inclusive. Should a situation arise
that is not addressed in this guidance, please
contact the Township Office for assistance. Should
information in this guidance differ from the
requirements of the Township Ordinance, the latter
All fences must comply with the following:
No fence may be
placed in a road right-of-way.
No fence may be
placed in the seventy-five (75) foot line of
site triangle of a road intersection.
No zoning permit is
required to install a fence.
addition, certain activities that are regulated by
the Zoning Ordinance require fences. The fencing
requirements for those uses may be found in the
Zoning Ordinance. Some of the more common ones are
temporary fence must surround the area
from the start of excavation and remain until the
installation of the permanent fence. The temporary
fence may only be removed when the installers are
actively working on the site. The fence must then be
replaced immediately at the end of the workday. The
temporary fence may be constructed of snow fence or
plastic construction fencing.
the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy and
Use, a permanent fence must be
installed. The fence must be at least four (4) feet
high, be of a child resistant design, and have a
locking gate. See Building regulations
for additional requirements.
Farm Animals (Except
animals must be surrounded by an enclosed fence
constructed of a means appropriate for restraining
the particular animals. The fence must be located at
least five (5) feet from any property line or
uses require buffer fencing between the proposed use
and neighboring properties. When applicable, the
fence must be of solid wood construction and at
least six (6) feet high.
horses must be enclosed by a fence no less than four
(4) feet high and no greater than eight (8) feet
high. The fence must be appropriately designed to
restrain the horses. The fence must be set back at
least five (5) feet from any property line. All
Horse fences must comply with the Building and
Zoning Code requirements.
REQUIREMENTS FOR FENCES:
Uniform Construction Code of Pennsylvania requires
any fence that exceeds six feet in height must
obtain a Building permit from the local
INTERPRETATION AND ALLOWANCES:
fence that exceeds six feet in height must be
designed using engineering practices (i.e
wind-loading, lateral stability, minimum footing
An allowable six percent slope (6” within 8’)
parallel to the direction of the fence will still be
considered a fence that does not exceed the 6’
maximum height limit and is exempt from Building
permits. This exception will allow some flexibility
for lots that contain typical sloping features.
Uniform Construction Code also references Appendix G
of the International Residential Code for fencing
that is used as a barrier to enclose pools and hot
tubs. Dingman Township has copies of these
regulations available upon request.
not required by Ordinance, fences should be:
Constructed with the “ugly”
Be maintained and kept
Be placed at least two (2) feet off the property
line to allow for maintenance without trespassing on
the neighboring property.