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Fence and Gate Deficiencies

 UPCS Inspection Code Changes - Fences and Gates

This category used to have three categories, each with several different degrees of violations -holes, leaning, missing sections, this has been refined to a more streamlined set of violations:

  • A fence is defined as a structure that is functioning as a boundary or barrier, including any upright structure serving to enclose, divide or protect an area, and a gate is defined as a structured opening in a fence for entrance or exit. Fences can consist of any material, such as wood, metal, plastic, wire, iron, composite decking, etc, and can be of any size, shape, and design and will be inspected in the same manner; fencing does not have to be permanent to be inspected under this protocol, and ownership for fencing is determined from (a) determining that the posts are on the interior to the project side of the fence, (b) if the perimeter of the fence clearly extends around a neighboring project, or (c) the fence is clearly marked to delineate ownership (e.g. Property of City of X).

This inspectable item can have the following deficiencies:

  • Holes/Missing Sections/Damaged/Falling/Leaning - Non-Security/Non-Safety
  • Holes/Missing Sections/Damaged/Falling/Leaning - Security/Safety

***Formerly had 3 deficiencies which have been consolidated and split into two categories: Non-Security and Security

Holes/Missing Sections/Damaged/Falling/Leaning - Non-security/Non-safety (Fencing and Gates - Site)

This violation refers to A non-security/non-safety (for example, privacy/decorative) fence or gate is rusted, deteriorated, uprooted, missing or contains holes.

Note:

  • Gates for swimming pool fences are covered in another section, "Pools and Related Structures (Common Areas)".
  • Fences designed for security/safety are addressed under "Holes/Missing"
  • Sections/Damaged/Falling/Leaning - Security/Safety (Fencing and Gates - Sites)
    1. Level 1: N/A
    2. Level 2: A non-security/non-safety fence or gate contains holes or deterioration/damage in greater than 25% of a fence
    3. Level 3: N/A

Holes/Missing Sections/Damaged/Falling/Leaning - Security/Safety (Fencing and Gates - Site)

This violation refers to a security/safety (i.e., perimeter/security) fence or gate is rusted, deteriorated, uprooted or missing such that it may threaten security, health or safety.

Note:

  • Do not evaluate the fence under this item if the fence or gate is not designed for security/safety, such as keeping intruders or children out. Refer to "Holes/Missing Sections/Damaged/Falling/Leaning - Non-Security/Non-Safety (Fencing and Gates - Sites)."
  • Security/safety fences include perimeter fences that are designed to keep people in and/or out as well as fences around playgrounds, etc.
  • Fences less than 4 feet in height are to be addressed under non-security fences.
  • Gates for swimming pool fences are covered in another section, "Pools and Related Structures (Common Areas)."
    1. Level 1: A security/safety fence or gate contains small holes or related damage as defined above (smaller than 12 inches by 12 inches) in less than 25% of the fence.
    2. Level 2: A security/safety fence or gate contains small holes or related damage as defined above (smaller than 12 inches by 12 inches) in more than 25% of the fence.
    3. Level 3: A security/safety fence or fence section contains large holes or related damage as defined above (greater than 12 inches by 12 inches) or is missing a section.
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