If you have deer jumping over your split rail fence, destroying that planting bed you worked so hard to build, or that garden that took lots of patience to grow, you may be interested in installing deer fencing.
Although hardware stores sell many different materials that can be used to build a deer fence, Montgomery Village has specific standards on what is allowed—check the website (www.montgomeryvillage.com/residents/architectural-standards/village-wide-guidelines) for guidelines and submit an application before buying or installing any deer fencing. MVF only approves black or dark green metal posts with black or dark green mesh. This type of fencing is sturdy and requires little-to-no maintenance (wood fences, chain linked fences, galvanized metal or light green mesh are prohibited).
Deer fences are permitted on the rear and side of the property only—not in the front yard—with a maximum height of 8 feet. Keep in mind that deer are excellent jumpers and anything less than 8 feet can still allow deer to jump over the fence.
A Property Improvement Request (PIR) must be completed and submitted by the property owner before installation. Deer fencing applications will be approved on individual basis. This application can be picked up at the MVF Office, 10120 Apple Ridge Road, or can be found online at www.montgomeryvillage.com/pir. The following items should be included with your application.
- A house location plat with the deer fencing location drawn on it
- Specified dimensions of materials to be used
- Color and description of materials – photos or links are always helpful for the review staff
Deer fencing applications are typically reviewed in-house by the Architectural Standards Department Director, review staff and the MVF Design Consultant every Thursday, and the average turnaround time is 10 business days from the date of submission to when a decision letter is emailed to the homeowner. The more complete the application, the faster the review turnaround.
If you have questions or need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to call the Architectural Standards Department staff at 240-243-2364 – we are here to help.