Am I Allowed to Install a Fence in a 55+ Community in Boynton Beach

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Am I Allowed to Install a Fence in a 55+ Community in Boynton Beach

Am I allowed to install a fence in a 55+ community in Boynton Beach is a question people often ask. 

It seems simple enough.  They would like to fence in their backyards.  But there is more to it than that.

Living in a homeowner's association requires that you follow the rules of that particular association.  Some homeowner's associations will allow you to install a fence, while others will not.  You have to read the documents, as well as inquire of the association what is and is not allowed.

Fences Allowed in Dog-Friendly Communities

You would think if it's a 55+ community that allows dogs they would allow a fence.  Not so fast.   Some communities will and others will not.  Some go as far as to say no electronic fences either.  So you really must check if you're planning to buy a home and a fence is important to you for whatever reason.

It may be that a fence is allowed in back of the house but no dog runs are allowed on either side of the house.  Again, read the documents where it will be spelled out.  This goes for single family homes as well as villas.

Fences Allowed with a Pool

If you have a pool in Florida, by law you must have a fence that is four feet high around it.  There are property fences and there are also safety fences that go around the pool.   Check with your pool company who will advise you about the laws in your county with regard to these fences.

If you have a pool in a 55+ community in Boynton or south Florida, you must be allowed to fence it.  The community may tell you, via their documents, what type of fencing they allow and you will be required to submit an architectural application to the architectural board with plans.  But they must allow you to fence the pool.

And you thought it was going to be easy!  In some cases it is.


If you are planning to buy a home in a pet-friendly 55+ community in Boynton Beach or the surrounding areas and installing a fence is important to you, check it out first.   Have your Realtor get the documents first and make sure to read them and question anything you don't understand.



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Comments (13)

Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Elyse, good question and reminder about HOAs (Homeowner Associations) and their rules and regulations. In my experience, due to many of those rules and regs, many of my future buyers relocating here often say find me a home without an HOA. However, that is often not possible. If the home fits, then read the regs and get active on the board.

Jan 04, 2023 05:02 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Thank you Emily Medvec .  They say that and then they want they want the activities.  The area I'm in has many gated communities.  Exactly.  If the home fits, read the rules and regs.  Whether they get active on the board is another story.  I'll leave that to them :-)

Jan 04, 2023 05:10 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Exactly, one cannot assume they can put up a fence, without knowing for sure that they can!

Jan 04, 2023 06:21 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Exactly Kat Palmiotti .  You need to be certain and make an application to the architectural committee.

Jan 05, 2023 06:19 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Great question and I loved the answer, clearly a pet friendly community the answer is a YES!!!

Jan 04, 2023 09:25 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

It was a great question Endre Barath, Jr. and you would think the answer would be yes because they allow dogs, but the answer was a big no.  Not even an electronic fence.  Go figure!  

Jan 05, 2023 06:20 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Elyse. In your marketing area those who want a fast start should start with you. Your experience makes the process much easier. Nuff said! Enjoy your day.

Jan 05, 2023 05:04 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Good evening Wayne, Thank you for your kind words.  I try to make it easy for those I work with.  Have a great weekend!  

Jan 05, 2023 06:26 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Elyse... never assume! Great advice. And the multitude of restrictions in many 55+ communities is one reason I see clients opt out of them. 

Jan 05, 2023 05:09 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Good evening Nina Hollander, Broker Exactly.  I didn't think so, so I read the docs again and it was sort of wishy washy.  I called and they flat out said no, not even an electronic fence.  They're not opting out of a 55+ community, just this one :-)

Jan 05, 2023 06:27 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Knowing the rules can certainly keep most people out of trouble but some people feel they can do what they want to do whenever they want to do it, haha.  Fences certainly should be allowed with permission or at least some substitute that would accommodate the needs of a pet.

Jan 05, 2023 06:22 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Is that the truth Brian England !  We have our fair share of those here too.  You would think so, but not in this community.  Only if you have a pool.  That's it.

Jan 05, 2023 06:28 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Elyse Berman, PA  I am shocked and appalled to the answer, Endre

Jan 05, 2023 09:38 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

As was I.  They told me in no uncertain terms that unless the home has a pool, no fences are allowed.  Although they really like the house, there are other very similar communities that will allow a fence.  So that's where we will be going.

Jan 06, 2023 03:09 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Elyse Berman, PA - when it comes to home buying, buyers need to know if there is an HOA and what the city or Town Ordinances are too. 

You wrote a great blog post to address issues and concerns. 

Jan 06, 2023 09:20 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

For me, the worst thing that can happen is buyers who make assumptions but don't ask questions. If you are not 100% sure ask us. We will do our best to get answers. Fences are fine with some communities, and a no-no with others. 

Jan 07, 2023 06:49 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello and I know in 3 of our 55 and older community, you can not put up fences,  i had one client that love the community but did not buy because of that.

Jan 09, 2023 10:02 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

This is good information, especially for buyers with pups they would like to let out!

Jan 16, 2023 06:12 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good advice to share. It is smart to become familiar with community restrictions and rules before making a purchase.

Feb 06, 2023 05:13 AM