1181.07  FENCES AND HEDGES.
   (a)   Electrically Charged Fences Prohibited.  Electrically charged fences shall be forbidden in all districts except on sites of more than ten (10) acres used to confine livestock.
   
   (b)   Use of Barbed Wire.  Barbed wire may be used only to top standard security fences in commercial and industrial districts at a height of six (6) feet or greater, the supports for such barbed wire shall be either vertical or lean inward above the property of the owner of the fence.  Lands used for agricultural purposes, meeting the requirements of this Code, shall be exempt from this provision.
 
   (c)   Decorative Fences Required.  Only decorative fences shall be constructed in front set backs or side set backs abutting streets.  Decorative fences shall mean split rail, ornamental iron, vinyl, or other decorative wooden fences as approved by the Planning and Zoning Administrator.
   
   (d)   Chain Link Prohibited.  Chain link fences shall not be permitted within front set backs or side set backs abutting streets in any district, except by variance granted by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
   
   (e)   Guard Rails Prohibited.  Guard rails shall not be used as fencing.
   
   (f)   Location in Front Setbacks.  Fences and hedges in front set backs and/or side set backs abutting streets and alleys in any district shall not exceed three (3) feet in height and shall not obstruct the view of pedestrians or vehicular traffic or be detrimental to the public safety.
   
   (g)   Fencing Agricultural Uses.  Lands used for agricultural purposes, meeting the requirements of this Code, shall not place any fence used for the confinement of said use closer than fifteen (15) feet from any public right-of-way or private street.
   
   (h)   Height Restriction in Rear and Side Yards.  Fences in rear set backs and side setbacks not abutting streets and alleys shall not exceed six (6) feet in height in residential districts or twelve (12) feet in height commercial or industrial districts.
   
   (i)   Permit Required.  No fence shall hereafter be erected, constructed, altered, relocated or rebuilt until an application has been filed with and a permit issued by the Planning and Zoning Administrator.
   
   (j)   Exemptions for Temporary Fences.  The following temporary fences shall be exempt from the provisions of this section:
(1)   Temporary construction fences when such fence is indicated on an approved site plan.
(2)   Temporary fences used for Special Events and shown on an approved plot plan for said event.
(3)   Temporary snow fence installed by any Government agency.
(4)   Temporary fences installed for the protection of the public from any obvious danger. 
(Ord. 41-01.  Passed 8-20-01.)