The BZA that I am staff for has recently been very stingy with granting Variances for fence encroachments on corner lots. (Ordinance prohibits fences from encroaching B/L.) We are currently attemting to modify residential fence section of the ordinance to allow sligh encroachment (10-feet). Whether the ordinance amendment is approved or not, we still have an enforcement problem because we do not require building permits for fences. Our director refuses to require building permits for fences when the issue comes up at our BZA meetings.
I was wondering if a zoning permit could be implemented rather than a building permit at a minimum fee in order to satisfy the zoning requirement for fencing as well as other improvements that do not currently require building permits like sheds.