To install a fence or change an existing fence you must submit a Fence Request Form and receive approval from the ACCE Committee.
BRIARWOOD FENCE GUIDANCE DOCUMENT
Adopted by BHOA Board of Directors March 8, 2022 

OBJECTIVE OF THIS DOCUMENT: To provide general guidance to the homeowners of the Briarwood neighborhood in regards to the fence installation application process. The function of the ACCE Committee and Board of Directors is to review and consider each application objectively. They will consider the context of the immediate surroundings and balance the homeowners rights and safety. Finally, they will look at the materials and harmony of the external designs of the existing structures all in accordance with the restrictive covenants, specifically Article VI Section 2 and Article VII. 

 

A Briarwood homeowner desiring to install a fence or change an existing fence must first submit a Fence Request form found on the Briarwood HOA website and receive approval from the ACCE Committee prior to installation. All applications for new fences and replacement of an existing fence with a different style must include detailed drawings of the proposed fence line on the property. In addition, the application must provide a photo of the proposed fence style including height, material, and color. Once the fence application request has been submitted the ACCE Committee and/or Board of Directors have 30 days from the submission to approve or disapprove the request. In the event no approval or disapproval is provided to the homeowner, then the fence is approved by default and Article VII is considered fully complied with.

 

Fence Replacement:

 

  • Replacement of an existing fence with the exact same material and height does not require the approval of the ACCE Committee, but a Notice of Construction form should be provided to the ACCE Committee. 

  • Replacement of an existing fence with an entirely different style and height of fencing must be approved by the ACCE Committee through the procedure outlined below. 

  • While not required, it is recommended that the installation of the fence be performed by a professional contractor. 

 

New Fence:

 

  • Fence should be a permanent structure with a projected life time of at least five years.  

  • Generally acceptable materials include but are not limited to: 

    • Split rail fence with or without chain link attached 

    • Cedar or other treated wood

    • Chain link – coating preferred to prevent rust or deterioration 

    • Aluminum

    • Wrought iron

    • PVC

    • Vinyl 

    • Composite 

  • Generally unacceptable materials include but are not limited to: 

    • Wire 

    • Plastic 

    • Temporary fencing of any kind 

  • Generally it is discouraged to have front yard fences, or have fencing that extends past the front fascade of the house or garage.  

  • Generally it is discouraged to have fences extend beyond the back facade of the house or garage. 

  • Two types of fencing are not permitted to run parallel with each other. 

  • Fencing height is not to exceed 6 feet. (Meridian Township Code of Ordinance §86-506)

  • All fences must comply with all Meridian Township zoning and building ordinances. If you have questions please visit the Meridian Township website or contact their office. 

Where can I find my covenants? Covenants are listed here: Covenants

In the event said board, or its designted committee, fail to approve or disapprove such design and location within thirty (30) days after said plans and specifications have been submitted to it, or in any event, if no suit to enjoin the addition, alteration, or change has been commenced prior to the completion thereof, approval will not be required and this Article will be deemed to have been fully complied with.

Fence Request Form

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