edge of the pavement in Old Fig does not define property lines.
The County owns large pieces of our front yards. On Van Ness
the property lines are sixty feet from the center of the roadway.
On other streets the lines are not quite so deep; typically
35 feet from the road center. Everywhere in this neighborhood
the street trees plus some area behind them are on Fresno
County property. No fences or other structures may be built
in the County right of way. The trees in the County right
of way belong to the County and may not be cut down without
a permit. Landscaping in the County area, except where it
might restrict visibility at an intersection is welcome.
our property lines there is a required setback within which
no structure or fence taller than three feet may be built.
This setback varies from 20 to 35 feet depending on the particular
street your property faces. Years ago the Homeowner's Association
obtained a blanket variance for homes on Gettysburg, Ashlan,
Maroa and Palm that allow fences up to a maximum of six feet
within the setback (but not the County right of way) to shield
the homes there from the heavier traffic on those streets.
No other streets have such variances.
corner lots, side yard setbacks are also prescribed. These
setbacks vary radically depending on your street. Before
you plan any building project, please check with the Zoning
Division of the Planning and Resource Department of Fresno
County at (559) 262-4211 for the particular setbacks for
your lot. It could save you a lot of time, effort and money.
corner properties, not only do the specific front and side
yard prohibitions apply, but there are specific restrictions
for the corner setback. This setback is typically a triangular
area at the street corner, defined by 30 foot lines drawn
from the edge of each street pavement. While landscaping is
certainly allowed in the cutoff areas, a driver's visibility
at the intersection cannot be impaired. No high shrubs are
allowed, and trees within the area must be pruned so that
all limbs are above seven feet from the ground. No fences
are allowed in the cutoff area.
Beautification Overlay District (NBOD)
major components of this ordinance include:
waste containers: Solid waste containers may not be left
within a front or a street side yard other than during collection
periods. A collection period is defined as the twenty-four
hours prior and the twenty-four hours after the normal collection
pickup. This means that residents must place their trash
cans and waste containers in their side or rear yards at
all other times.
vehicles: It is unlawful to keep, store or maintain any
vehicles, trailers or boats on any front or street side
yard, "lawn" or "landscaped" area.
maintenance: It is unlawful to keep, store or allow dead
trees or weeds (which constitute a fire hazard); or to keep
rubbish, litter or items or machinery, refuse, scrap metal,
etc, (which constitutes an unsightly appearance) on residentially
Residents are required to maintain and irrigate trees and
shrubs within their front yards and within the County owned
landscaped areas abutting the street.
trees: Before any tree (with a diameter of six inches or
more) is removed from the County right-of-way area, a permit
must be approved by the County Department of Planning and
you have concerns about a neighbor's yard, talking with
your neighbor is certainly the best approach. The Beautification
ordinances are not intended to replace honest discussion
and negotiation between neighbors. Violations of the Beautification
ordinances are pursued on a complaint only basis. All information
on complaint forms is confidential. To get this complaint
form, call the County Department of Planning and Resource
Management (559-262-4302 / 559-262-4029 / 559-262-4055
or toll free 800-742-1011) or download the form from the
At that site, just click on "forms" then "print"
and either fax or mail the completed form to the address
on the bottom of the form.