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Fences

When are permits required to install or replace a fence?
The City requires a building permit to install, repair or replace all fences.
where should my fence be located?
Fences may be placed anywhere on private property up to the property line so long as height restrictions and sight visibility standards are met. Fences must also be located at least two feet from sidewalks.
How tall can my fence be?
  • Fence height is measured from grade to the top of the tallest portion of the fence, column, or post.
  • Fences located on single-family, duplex, triplex, and commercial properties may be up to six feet tall in rear and side yards and up to four feet tall in front yards.
  • Industrial properties may have fences up to eight feet tall on all sides.
  • Multi-family and mobile home communities may have fences up to six feet tall on all sides.
  • Decorative gates and gate support posts may extend up to eight feet in height for multifamily, subdivisions, and mobile home communities.
what kind of fence materials are allowed?
  • Residential properties may have fences constructed of wood, vinyl, brick, split-faced, or stucco-covered CMU, stone, aluminum, and chain link.
  • Multi-family and mobile home parks are allowed brick, vinyl chain link when integrated into a landscape buffer and coated to blend into the surroundings, split-faced or stucco CMU, glass, vinyl, aluminum, and stone fences and walls
  • Commercial properties are allowed brick, split-faced, or stucco CMU, glass, vinyl, aluminum, and stone fences and walls.
  • Industrial properties are allowed barbed wire, brick, chain link, split-faced or stucco CMU, glass, vinyl, and stone fences and walls.
do i need a survey for a fence permit?
Because fence permit reviews verify the allowed locations, visibility requirements, and allowable heights, a valid survey or site plan is required with the application.
which direction should the fence face?
All fences should be installed with the finished side facing towards neighboring properties and any abutting right of way.
are fences allowed in easements?
The City Engineering Department will review proposed fence installations and replacements within a public easement to ensure the fence does not interfere with the easement's function and intent. Please refer to the ordinance for athletic fences.

Single-family, Duplex, Triplex
  • Maximum height (ft.): 6 rear/side yard; 4 front yard
  • Barbed wire: Not allowed
  • Brick: Permitted
  • Uncoated chain link: Permitted
  • Vinyl coated chain link for buffer: Permitted
  • Concrete with stucco or split-faced: Permitted
  • Materials and Fence Types:
    • Electric: Not allowed
    • Glass, Vinyl, Aluminum, Stone, Wood: Permitted

Multi-family & Mobile Home Communities
  • Maximum height (ft.): 6 all sides
  • Barbed wire: Not allowed
  • Brick: Permitted
  • Uncoated chain link: Not allowed
  • Vinyl coated chain link for buffer: Must be integrated into a required landscape buffer and coated to blend into surroundings
  • Concrete with stucco or split-faced: Permitted
  • Materials and Fence Types:
    • Electric, Wood: Not allowed
    • Glass, Vinyl, Aluminum, Stone: Permitted

Institutional
  • Maximum height (ft.): 6 all sides
  • Barbed wire: Not allowed
  • Brick: Permitted
  • Uncoated chain link: Not allowed
  • Vinyl coated chain link for buffer: Must be integrated into a required landscape buffer and coated to blend into surroundings
  • Concrete with stucco or split-faced: Permitted
  • Materials and Fence Types:
    • Electric, Wood: Not allowed
    • Glass, Vinyl, Aluminum, Stone: Permitted

Commercial
  • Maximum height (ft.): 6 rear/side yard; 4 front yard
  • Barbed wire: Not allowed
  • Brick: Permitted
  • Uncoated chain link: Not allowed
  • Vinyl coated chain link for buffer: Must be integrated into a required landscape buffer and coated to blend into surroundings
  • Concrete with stucco or split-faced: Permitted
  • Materials and Fence Types:
    • Electric, Wood: Not allowed
    • Glass, Vinyl, Aluminum, Stone: Permitted

Industrial
  • Maximum height (ft.): 8 all sides
  • Barbed wire: Permitted
  • Brick: Permitted
  • Uncoated chain link: Not allowed
  • Vinyl coated chain link for buffer: Must be integrated into a required landscape buffer and coated to blend into surroundings
  • Concrete with stucco or split-faced: Permitted
  • Materials and Fence Types:
    • Electric, Wood: Not allowed
    • Glass, Vinyl, Aluminum, Stone: Permitted

tree removal

do i need a tree removal permit?
A tree removal permit is required for all trees measuring 4 inches in diameter or greater and palm trees over 4.5 feet tall. A completed tree removal permit application with the property site plan showing approximate tree(s) locations is necessary. This application must be submitted at Largo City Hall, 201 Highland Ave, Largo.
what trees am i not allowed to remove?
Mangrove plants or trees should not be removed, and mangrove trimming should occur only with a permit issued by Pinellas County Environmental Management. All trimming and maintenance of mangroves are subject to Florida Statute Chapter 403 requirements.
do i need a permit to remove a dead or diseased tree?
A permit is required, but there is no charge for it.
can i prune my trees?
Yes, all trees may be pruned to maintain shape, promote their shade-giving qualities, and remove diseased or dying portions in areas where falling limbs could be a hazard to people or property.

The following exceptions include:
  • In order for the trees to develop a healthy structure, no more than 25% of the crown should be removed at one time.
  •  Limb removal should leave no more than 33% of the trunk of immature trees bare.
  • Immature trees' top branch or leader should not be removed.
what are invasive trees and do i need a permit to remove them?
Common invasive species include, but are not limited to, Brazilian pepper trees, Australian pine trees, Camphor trees, Carrotwood, Punk Trees, and Mimosa. View a list of invasive plant species. For removal, a permit is required at no charge.
Do I need to replace a tree from my property if i remove it?
If the property does not meet the requirements of the Comprehensive Development Code, you may be required to replace the removed tree. Dead or diseased trees and invasive trees are exceptions.

property related

what is my zone?
The City of Largo does not use traditional zoning. Instead, the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) regulates current uses for each property within the City and provides policy guidance for future development. You may contact the Ask a Planner desk for more information about your property's Future Land Use designation.
what is a building setback?
A building setback is the minimum distance that a building can be from your property line. Building setbacks can vary by land use, building type, and the nature of the adjacent type. Building setback information may be found in our Comprehensive Development Code.
what are allowable uses?
The land use classification of a parcel is the basis for applying the respective development standards to a proposed use. View the uses in Chapter 6 of the Comprehensive Development Code for more information.
how do i request a zoning verification letter (or a land use letter)?
To request a zoning verification letter, also called a land use letter, email [email protected].

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