Grandview City Council Briefs


7.20 GV Council - Fences

Grandview eyes building permits for all new fences

by Elena Olmstead

GRANDVIEW - People thinking about installing a fence around their property might want to check with the City of Grandview before they get started. Next month, Grandview City Council will look at passing an ordinance making it necessary for anyone putting up a fence to get a building permit.

The ordinance also outlines a number of requirements that fences will have to meet. Monday night, City Council members reviewed a second draft of the proposed ordinance, making changes and getting it ready to review again during their Aug. 2 meeting.

As the proposed ordinance stands now, no fence more than six feet tall will be allowed to be constructed without a special use permit. The ordinance also deals with setbacks, noting that no fence can be constructed "...closer than 30 feet from an intersection of two streets or a street and an alley."

The proposed ordinance also lists several different materials that cannot be used to construct fences, including razor wire, barbed wire, chicken wire or electric wire fences in residential areas, as well as items like tires, pallets, press board and cardboard.

Grandview Building Inspector Billie Barrett told Council members Monday that pre-existing fences will not be affected by the new ordinance.

"It's there, you can't do anything about it," Barrett said.

The proposed fence ordinance will be reviewed by Council members again during their Aug. 2 council meeting.


Elena Olmstead can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail her at


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