Fort Walton Beach City Council approves 8-foot fences throughout the city

Back in May, the Fort Walton Beach City Council voted to amend the Land Development Code to allow for 8-foot fences on residential properties abutting school properties.

  • The current allowable fence height in the city is 6-feet.
  • The current allowable fence height in the county is 8-feet.

In the Fall of 2021, the Okaloosa County School District began hardening all of the schools within the county through the installation of 8-foot high perimeter fencing.

  • For residential homes next to schools, this meant they began seeing 2-feet of chainlink fence above their 6-foot fence.

During that same meeting, it was proposed that the city allow 8-foot fences throughout the city limits for anyone who wishes to have a taller fence. At last night’s council meeting, that became a reality with a unanimous vote. 

  • Residents will be able to install an 8-foot fence on the sides and rear of the property. 
  • Fences in the front will still be limited to the 4-foot rule. 

“I think it’s a happy day for many here in our city that are property owners,” said Councilman Nic Allegretto. “It clears up a lot of confusion and also makes it a lot easier on staff to identify issues and work through those things as there’s not as many differences in our land development code with this new ordinance.”

  • Allegretto, who championed to amend the 8-foot fence rule, went onto say that he personally cannot wait for an 8-foot fence to surround his property. 

This was approved on first reading. The final approval will take place on August 23, 2022, which means residents can have a taller fence on August 24th.

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