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East Camino Cielo Fencing Regulations
updated: Mar 10, 2014, 4:13 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

We live off of East Camino Cielo. Does anyone know how close you can put your fence to the Road up here?

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 COMMENT 501660P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 04:33 PM

Just call the County Public Works Transportation Dept and ask them!


 COMMENT 501663 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 04:38 PM

County building codes determine setbacks.


 COMMENT 501664 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 04:39 PM

Ours is ~3ft from actual asphalt. I can't speak to legality but we haven't had anybody knocking on our door for 25 years.


 COMMENT 501666P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 04:51 PM

I know you are getting conflicting information, but I'd ask the counter at the Planning Department.


 COMMENT 501705 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 08:46 PM

Redwood is real nice. Typically roads need to be 20' wide and 14' high, to accommodate emergency vehicals. If the road meets these dimensions I would not worry to much, if it doesn't then you may want to find out where exactly the easement for the road is. I would go six feet high. If privacy is what you seek.


 COMMENT 501709 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 08:57 PM

Fences over 6' require a permit, otherwise, they are exempt from set-back requirements. Regardless, if they obstruct vehicles from seeing around corners, that is still a problem.

County Building department can clarify this with a visit.


 COMMENT 501717 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-10 10:00 PM

RUDOLF: How can a road be 14 feet high? Not sure what you mean.


 COMMENT 501735 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-11 08:04 AM

733 just change the Americans to Santa Barbarian's and I think you got it


 COMMENT 501761 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-11 09:00 AM

The key to be aware of is NOT the distance from the edge of the pavement but the County (or City) right of way for the road. The right of way is universally wider than the paved portion of the road. Typically road right of ways are 60 feet wide but obviously more for a wider paved road. So, for example, a 32 foot wide 2 lane road may have two 16 foot wide paved traffic lanes for a total 32 foot width and the right of way may then extend 14 feet on each side of the paved roadway providing a "shoulder". A fence cannot be legally constructed in the road right of way without the permission of the municipality holding the right of way. Remember that the shoulder area of the road, is designed to allow vehicles to pull over and be completely off the paved portion of the roadway to stop there (and park if permitted). Average car width is about 7 feet.


 ZENYATTA19 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-11 09:09 AM



 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-11 09:18 AM

Sure the poster can, and should, check with the County about regulations. However, the point of asking here is to get others' perspective of their knowledge and experience. Certainly not to have the critics come out in force.


 COMMENT 501772 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-11 09:20 AM

The zoning ordinance NOT building code determines setback. Check your land use zoning, then apply the setback requirements for your zone.

Ten feet back and six feet high are common. If you need privacy on ECC, you should move to the country.


 COMMENT 501779 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-11 09:42 AM

Please recognize the downside of building fences in relatively wild country such as East and West Camino Cielo. Many new fences are being constructed, and lots of these are of such tight mesh that they are impermeable to wildlife passage. I live up here and rejoice that occasionally I can still see a bear or deer. The good old 3-wire barb-wire fence was not an impediment; many new ones have the effect of greatly restricting animal movement.


 COMMENT 501782 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-11 09:50 AM

In the County (not City) jurisdiction you can put a fence six feet tall or less on your property line without zoning permits except at a street intersection the height is limited to three feet.

However, depending on the type of construction, a building permit may be required, e.g., for masonary walls.


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