CHARLOTTE LAWS - DREAM AND ACHIEVE TOGETHER
Greater Valley Glen Council Front-Yard Fence Proposal
Dear Los Angeles City Councilmember,
Angeles municipal codes sections 12.21 and 12..22, which limit
front-yard fence and hedge height to a maximum 3 ˝ feet above grade are
obsolete and emanate from a time when crime was lower and conformity was
the norm.. Times have changed, and the Greater Valley Glen Council
believes these laws need to be reviewed and revised to accommodate a
homeowner's need for greater privacy, security and self-determination.
the most part, Los Angeles has not enforced codes related to front-yard
fences, walls and hedges. To enforce them selectively now—as is being
done--results in an uneven application of the law. It can pit neighbors
against neighbors and be financially burdensome for property owners who
do not have the funds to alter their front-yard barriers.
we make the following recommendations:
Property owners with non-conforming barrier must pay the fence permit
fee within 90 days of enactment of the new ordinance. (This amounts to a
higher fee than the city required when most of these fences were first
constructed). These homeowners will automatically be granted a permit
unless their barrier is deemed hazardous (to be determined by the city).
Convex mirrors should be required for situations with limited
visibility, such as when homeowners cannot see oncoming traffic upon
exiting a driveway. Note: cars parked at the side of the road can also
limit visibility, yet no one suggests parking should not be allowed.
The new codes should allow front-yard fences and walls up to a maximum
five feet from grade (light posts on top of fences can be higher).
Front-yard fences and walls that are currently taller (and not deemed
dangerous) are to be grandfathered into the system as long as the permit
fees are paid within 90 days.
Front-yard hedges can be five feet tall, as long as they are not deemed
hazardous by the city.
The city should make exceptions in special cases, conducting a hearing
for these exceptions.
Angeles is a diverse city with different cultures, crime levels and
privacy needs. Some properties lack backyards due to hills, pools or
placement of the home on the lot. In these cases, property owners may
want to enclose their front yards to provide play areas for kids and
pets. The city must allow flexibility on front-yard fences, to
accommodate cultural differences, the need for security and privacy.
hope you will address this issue. It is an important one. If you have
any questions, please feel free to contact Charlotte Laws at (818)
781-5280. Thank you.
The Greater Valley Glen Council