Why A Fence?
Before you build or replace a fence ask yourself what the reasons are for having it. This can guide the many decisions you will have to make around style, material and dimensions. A fence can serve to satisfy many needs – keeping your pets safe, adding decorative features to your property, privacy and or noise reduction.
City of Calgary Land Use By Laws
This cannot be more important! Building a fence twice can be very expensive and quite possible, if you do not adhere to the bylaws. City bylaws are very clear when it comes to fence restrictions and specifications, however, every lot and house configuration is a little different so might be open to some interpretation. Don’t take any chances. If you are unsure than consult with someone in the development group at the City of Calgary. A permit is not required if the fence you are building complies with the Rules of the Calgary Land Use Bylaws.
A few quick facts to remember
- Max height for front yard is 1.2 m or 3’11”
- Max height for back yard is 2.0m or 6’6”
- Max height for side yard is also 2.0m and this height cannot be extended beyond the furthest point of the front of the home.
- Corner lots are treated differently – consult the above document.
- Height of fences on top of retaining walls must be measured from the point where the retaining wall is no longer retaining any soil.
Building a fence between adjacent properties is always a good way to get to know your neighbors. The process can expose the good, the bad and the ugly! If you want to have the fence 100% on YOUR property than it will involve having the property line surveyed to ensure that is where the fence is placed. If you agree to share the fence, it is usually placed on the property line and costs and upkeep are shared as well. Keep in mind you will then be making collective decisions around style, quality, cost and upkeep – often easier said than done!
Do not rely on fence costs that you find on line. Costs vary widely depending style, material and even where you are living. Use Who To Call to find quality-fencing contractors in and around Calgary.
Items to consider when budgeting for your fence:
- Access to drill holes for posts(hand digging costs more)
- Removal and disposal of any old fencing
- Post size and spacing
- Rail and cap configurations
- Spacing of boards (wooden fences)
- Number of gates (these will always cost extra and are usually quoted separately)
Style of Fencing + Pricing
A low maintenance option that can typically be installed in 4’ or 6’ heights. Price ranges in the $40/ foot range.
Styles as well as types of wood vary considerably as does the cost associated with them. A good number for budget purposes is $40-60/foot, depending on some of the considerations above. Cedar is the best wood material to use, as it is naturally resistant to rot and the elements. Pressure treated lumber is more economical and still a quality choice.
The cost of wrought iron fencing is considerably higher than that of wood or vinyl. It usually costs upwards of $60/foot, but is typically used more for aesthetic enhancement of a property. It is basically maintenance free once installed. Like wood fences, the quality and style can vary considerably further impacting cost. There are many excellent suppliers in Calgary. Check out Who To call for fencing companies that specialize in wrought iron.
Chain Link Fencing
This is the least expensive fencing option available and is more often used for its functionality rather than looks.