Unified Development Ordinance, 6th supplement, September, 2018
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 7 – 25 Effective Date: September 01, 2018 Supp. No. 6 Article 7.2. Landscaping and Screening | CHAPTER 7. GENERAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS Sec. 7.2.8. Walls and Fences Sec. 7.2.8. Walls and Fences A. Applicability The following requirements apply to walls and fences located outside of a protective yard or required screening area. B. General Standards 1. Fences and walls must be constructed of high quality materials including 1 or a combination of the following: decorative blocks; brick; stone; cast-stone; architectural block; split-faced block; stucco over standard concrete masonry blocks; glass block; wood; wrought iron; composite fencing; wire; PVC vinyl; aluminum; metal or other material approved by the Planning Director. 2. No wall or fence can be located within any tree conservation area. 3. No wall or fence can be located within any City of Raleigh utility easement without prior written approval of the Director of Public Utilities. 4. No wall or fence can be located within any required drainage easement without prior written approval of the PublicWorks Director. 5. Barbed wire or concertina wire may be allowed in accordance with Sec. 13- 3011 . 6. Except in an IH district, chain-link fences are not allowed in any front or side street setback. 7. The maximum length of a continuous, unbroken and uninterrupted fence or wall plane shall be 100 feet. Breaks shall be provided through the use of columns, landscaped areas, transparent sections or a change in material. 8. Except in an IH district, a wall or fence not more than 6 and one half feet in height may be located in a front or side street setback, provided the opacity of the wall or fence above 4 feet in height does not exceed 50%. 9. A wall or fence may not exceed 8 feet in height in a side or rear setback unless it is located adjacent to a street, in which case it may be no more than 6 and one half feet in height, provided the opacity of the wall or fence above 4 feet in height does not exceed 50%. Cross reference: The Director of Public Utilities may approve structures within City of Raleigh utility easements, Sec. 8-2012(d) . C. Fences and Walls Adjacent to Thoroughfares 1. A fence or wall located within 20 feet of a Thoroughfare right-of-way shall either be less than 42 inches in height or situated at least 15 feet from the edge of the right-of-way and be screened with evergreen planting materials, so that no more than one-fourth of the fence or wall surface area will be visible from theThoroughfare within 3 years of erection of the fence or wall. 2. All fences and walls that are more than 42 inches in height and are located between 20 and 40 feet from any Thoroughfare right-of-way shall be installed with planting materials, so that no more than one-third of the fence or wall surface area will be visible from theThoroughfare within three years of erection of the fence or wall. 40% of this plant material may be deciduous. Decorative fences that are more then 50% open shall be exempt from these provisions. D. Retaining Walls Retaining walls that are located within 30 feet of a public sidewalk shall be required to adhere to the following. 1. A freestanding retaining wall may not exceed a continuous, uninterrupted height of 10 feet. Additional height above 10 feet may be permitted, provided the wall contains a minimum 2-foot step back for each additional 10 feet of wall height. A type C2 Street ProtectiveYard shall be required for any freestanding retaining wall of at least 10 feet in height. Where the retaining wall gains additional height with a step back, the step back area shall provide the quantity of shrubs equal to a type C3 Street ProtectiveYard. 2. This regulation shall not apply to walls associated with culverts or stream crossings or to transportation improvements, such as bridge overpass structures for streets or railroads. 3. A building foundation wall that is integrated into an apartment, general, civic, or mixed use building type and facing any primary street must meet the following standards: a. The transparency and blank wall standards enumerated for the building type shall apply to the building foundation wall. b. When the building foundation wall is located within 30 feet of any primary street, it shall have a maximum height of 5 feet. Average grade shall not be applied in determining the maximum height in this instance.