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No, as long as the fence is less than six feet high and you are confident (with help from a plot plan or a Registered Land Surveyor) that it is located entirely on your property. However, fences within 35 feet of a street intersection may not be higher than 42 inches above grade, so as not to obstruct the line of sight of drivers at the intersection. This rule is enforced by the Police Department.
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The flood plain is included as a layer in the Dracut GIS map.
For a more detailed answer email the Building Department or go directly to the FEMA Flood Map website.
Backyard chickens are allowed, within limits which you can read online. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Animal Control or the Building Dept.
Backyard chickens & roosters keeping has increased in popularity and while as a Right-to-Farm town we encourage that, it has given rise to some conflict especially in densely developed neighborhoods.
However it can be done successfully if some simple guidelines are followed:
Good luck with your Backyard Chickens!
The Building Department has “as-built” plot plans of most new construction and additions going back to approximately the 1980’s, which we would be happy to provide copies of. Please email the request to the Building Department. If no work has been done on your property in that time period, we may not have one and you will likely need to employ a MA Registered Land Surveyor.
Yes. To apply for a permit to alter your driveway, please visit us on our online permitting system (Viewpoint). For more details, please contact Tina Rivard, Assistant Public Works Director/Stormwater Manager.
Complaints are best done online using our online permitting system (Viewpoint). Your one stop shop for all Building Department needs (i.e. permits, inspections, etc.).
In general, a permit is required to:
Ordinary, non-structural repairs (generally six sq. ft. or less), fences less than six feet in height, walls less than four feet high, one story detached shed, playhouses, etc. which are less than 120sq.ft. in area. (Zoning requires that they meet front setbacks of 30’, side and rear setbacks of at least 10’.)