Township of Old Bridge, NJ
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Old Bridge 9-20-1982 by Ord. No. 16-82 (Sec. 11-5 of the 1973 Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 108.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 435.

§ 164-1 Fences in residential zones; permit; fee.

[Amended 10-27-1994 by Ord. No. 67-94]
All fences erected in any residential zone in the Township, with the exception of farm uses, shall be subject to the following requirements:
A. 
A fence permit shall be issued by the Department of Community Development for all fences, except living fences, erected in the Township. If, however, a fence is in excess of six feet, a construction permit is required.
[Amended 1-9-2006 by Ord. No. 38-2005]
B. 
Existing fences which are being replaced or altered require a fence permit and must meet all other requirements of this chapter. The fee for a fence permit shall be $30.
[Amended 12-8-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-22]

§ 164-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CORNER LOT
A parcel of land abutting two or more streets.
INTERIOR LOT
A parcel of land with a street on one side only.
OPEN FENCE
A fence which is greater than 50% open to the direct line of vision.
SOLID FENCE
A fence which is less than 50% open to the direct line of vision.

§ 164-3 Height restrictions.

A. 
A solid six-foot-high fence may be installed on an interior lot in the rear and side yards and shall not extend beyond the front building line of the house. (Exception: When a house which exists on an adjacent lot is less than 7 1/2 feet from the common property line, a six-foot fence will not be permitted in the side yard.)
B. 
A solid six-foot-high fence may be installed on a corner lot in the side and rear yard, to within five feet of the property; however, this fence shall not be permitted to obstruct the sight triangle at the corner.
C. 
A maximum four-foot-high open fence may be installed in the front yard area forward of the front building line of the house.
D. 
The height of all fences shall be measured from grade.

§ 164-4 Materials.

The following materials are prohibited for use as fencing materials on any residential lot:
A. 
Barbed wire.
B. 
Sharp pointed materials of any type to form the top of the fence.
C. 
Canvas.
D. 
Cloth.
E. 
Electrically charged fences.
F. 
Temporary fences, such as but not limited to snow fences, expandable fences and collapsible fences upon a lot with a dwelling or structure on it; however, temporary fences shall be permitted to protect any hazardous condition or excavation.

§ 164-5 Finished side.

All fences shall be constructed with the face or finished side facing adjacent properties.

§ 164-6 Living fences.

Living fences shall be maintained in a neatly trimmed condition and shall not extend into adjacent properties. Living fences along roads and at road intersections must also be maintained in accordance with Chapter 435, Article II, Obstructions Along Roads and At Intersections.

§ 164-7 Drainage.

Fences shall be constructed in a manner so as not to restrict the flow of natural drainage nor cause surface water to be blocked or dammed to create ponding.

§ 164-8 Appeals.

All appeals concerning the regulations of this chapter applicable to residential properties shall be directed to the Township Council, which may grant variances in cases of hardship. The Township Council will act on this appeal only after the applicant presents proof that the adjacent property owners affected by the appeal have been notified of the appeal.

§ 164-9 Swimming pools.

Fences around swimming pools shall meet the requirements as established in the Swimming Pool Safety Devices section of the New Jersey State Uniform Construction Code.

§ 164-10 Nonresidential fences.

A. 
Fences proposed at any new construction project shall be included as part of the site plan proposal presented for consideration before the appropriate approving board.
B. 
Barbed wire and electrically charged fences shall be permitted in conjunction with farm uses. Where barbed wire or electrically charged fences are located within 100 feet of any residential property, permanent signs identifying the type of fence shall be posted every 100 feet. A "farm" is defined as any parcel of land, three acres or larger in size, which is used in the raising of agricultural products, livestock, poultry or dairy products as a source of income.
C. 
Fences at nonresidential properties shall be 75% open and not exceed 10 feet in height.