Fence Stain/Color FAQs

The physical appearance of a community is the first opportunity to make a positive impression and well kept streets, yards, and fences all promote a vision of community health, pride and vitality. Further, a clean and aesthetically pleasing neighborhood increases property values. To keep Highlands Ranch looking its best the fences need to be stained and maintained. 

Fence Stain FAQs

See Fence Guidelines in the Residential Improvement Guidelines (RIGs)

Residential Improvement Guidelines RIGs

The quick answer: Fences are required to be stained with the “Highlands Ranch Fence Brown” solid stain color. Colors are available for review at the Community Improvement Services office located at the Eastridge Recreation Center. Please consult your local vendor for appropriate color matching assistance. If you reside in a sub-association, please consult with respective association for approved stain color.

Here is the complete fencing guideline:

Guidelines: 2.28 Fences.

A. General Statement: Homeowners are not required to install fencing. Fences constructed by the Developer or Builder along or abutting property lines, arterial streets, collector streets, and local streets may not be removed, replaced, stained, painted a different color, or altered from existing construction without approval of the Architectural Committee. If any such fences constructed by the Developer or Builder, which are located upon a homeowner’s property, are damaged or destroyed, the homeowner shall repair, stain or recondition the same at the homeowner’s expense. Some fences may already be located upon property owned by the Highlands Ranch Metropolitan District and, if so, the approval of such District shall also be obtained before any such fence is removed, replaced, stained, painted or altered. It is important to note that some sub-associations have specific guidelines in addition to the general fencing guidelines herein. If you have questions call our office at (303) 471-8821.

B. Theme Fencing: (fencing that has been installed by the Developer/Builder or Highlands Ranch Metropolitan District along or abutting property lines on residential streets, parks, schools, green belts, or non-urban areas):

  1. Arterial Fencing (along major roadways):Is the property of Highlands Ranch Metropolitan District and no change in this fencing is permitted without its approval.

  2. Non-Arterial Fencing (3’ 6” open fence):

  1. Open fence that is adjacent to or abuts open space shall not be altered without Committee approval. Welded wire (2” x 4”) may be installed, with Committee approval, but the height is not to exceed the top rail (See Figure 3).

  2. In order to mitigate prairie dog damage of residential landscapes, 1” x 1” galvanized, 14 gauge welded-wire fencing may be used per the Highlands Ranch Metropolitan District guidelines. For additional information, please contact the Metro District at 303-791-2710 for guidance in installing prairie dog mitigation fencing.

  3. Pre-approved Fence Designs. Fences (not previously installed by a Builder or Developer) that will be located in the “rear” or “side” yard along property lines, and will be constructed in exact accordance with the specifications shown in Figures 1 through 4 (See pages 39 – 42) require Committee approval. Property line fences may be “open” or “solid”. A “solid” fence shall be five (5) or six (6) feet in height and must be constructed in accordance with Figures 1 and 2 (See pages 39 and 40) except those properties subject to stricter Sub-Association fencing requirements. An open fence must be constructed in accordance with Figure 3 or Figure 4 (See pages 41 and 42). The transition between a shorter fence of any type and a taller “solid” fence must be in accordance with Figure 2 (See page 40).

  4. DOUBLE FENCING OF PROPERTY LINES IS NOT PERMITTED.

All fencing in Figures 1 through 5 shall be constructed of rough sawn cedar or as otherwise approved by the Committee. All “solid” fencing must be top capped as illustrated in Figures 1 and 2 (See pages 39 – 40).

Gates shall be constructed in accordance with Figure 5 (See page 43).

C. Maintenance: Regular aesthetic maintenance and staining of fencing is required.

  1. Maintenance/repairs include, but are not limited to, broken and unattached boards/posts, deterioration (discoloration, flaking, peeling, etc.) or anything impacting the overall appearance of stability of the fence.

  2. Homeowners making any repairs or replacement of 25% or more of an existing fence require Committee approval.

D. Staining: ALL FENCE STAINING REQUIRES COMMITTEE APPROVAL

  1. Fencing is not allowed to be left natural or un-stained.

  2. Fences are required to be stained with the “Highlands Ranch Fence Brown” solid stain color. Samples are available at the Community Improvement Services office located at the Eastridge Recreation Center. Please consult your local vendor for appropriate color matching assistance. If you reside in a sub-association, please consult with respective association for approved stain color.

  3. Staining shall pertain to the staining of any homeowner’s fencing or part of a fence which faces or abuts a street, another front yard, park or school property. This includes wing fences which are in between the front of homeowner homes.

  4. The one (1) solid stain color that the Architectural Review Committee has deemed to be most consistent with the TREX fence product utilized by the Metro District is Highlands Ranch Fence Brown.

  5. Affected fences include both “open” (including split rail fences) and solid wood fences as described in the HRCA RIGs.

  6. Rear yard interior fences and/or rear yard fences between neighbors are not required to be stained.

  7. Open space fencing is not required to be stained.

  8. The Architectural Committee has the authority to deny any stain color that is not Highlands Ranch Fence Brown.

E. ALL NEW FENCE CONSTRUCTION REQUIRES COMMITTEE APPROVAL

Any replacement with new material requires Committee approval. Any improvement or replacement with “used” material requires Committee Approval. Fencing submittals shall include:

  1. Site plan with the location of the fencing clearly marked.

  2. Style and height of fence and gate.

  3. Highlands Ranch Fence Brown solid stain color.New fencing is not allowed to be left natural or un-stained.

  4. Oil based stains that are pre-mixed require Architectural Committee approval prior to usage.

Alternative fence types and locations, which require approval include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. “Front” Yard Fencing: Committee approval is required. Fence shall be constructed in accordance with the two rail details as shown in Figures 3 or 4 (See pages 41 and 42).

  2. Interior fencing in “Side” and “Rear” Yards: Committee approval is required. Considerations will include, but may not be limited to:

    • Fence Type and Design

    • Material

    • Color

    • Size

    • Location

  3. Wrought Iron Fencing:Committee approval is required. Highly ornamental wrought iron shall not be approved and the Committee must designate the color.

  4. Composite Fencing: Committee approval is required. Considerations will include, but will not be limited to color, location, design and material. A known brand such as “Trex” or equivalent product as certified by the Composite Fence and Decking Association (a division of the American Fencing Association) is recommended. The color in “saddle” in the “Trex” line is acceptable. Other brands’ color selections must be close to the “Trex” brand color choice as determined by the Architectural Committee. Plastic and vinyl fencing is prohibited.

  5. Retaining Walls/Fencing:Committee approval is required if the fence is to be located on top of a retaining wall or it will be within 18 inches of a retaining wall.

  6. Removal of Builder or Developer Installed Fencing:Fencing which was installed by the Builder or Developer shall not be removed or modified without Committee approval.

F. To Be Noted: Fence sections which front or abut any public or private street, another front yard, common walkway, greenbelt, park, school or non-urban area must be constructed so that the side of the fence, which is generally accepted as being the most “finished” side fronts or abuts public or private streets, common walkways, etc. If fences are not yet constructed on adjacent properties, the location of future fences may determine that a “solid” fence was constructed with the “unfinished” or rough side out, Homeowners shall then be required to “double face” or otherwise modify their fence so only the “finished” side of the fence fronts or abuts streets, adjacent front yards, common walkways, greenbelts, parks, or other non-urban areas (see Figure 2 on page 40). The most effective method of avoiding this situation is to construct the entire fence with the “finished” side out.

The Architectural Committee will require a transitional section of fencing (see Figure 2 on page 40), where applicable, for symmetry and aesthetics. No electric fences are permitted, and all wire installed on fences must comply with the wire specified in Figure 3.

Nothing may be attached to a fence to increase the height or screening capability, such as but not limited to, lattice, wire mesh, etc.

It is important to remember that certain drainage patterns may exist along, or under, proposed fence locations. When constructing a fence, be sure to provide for adequate space between the fence and the ground to accommodate these drainage patterns.

ALL STAINING REQUIRES COMMITTEE APPROVAL. Submit for Committee Approval

For questions please call 303-471-8821, or email [email protected].

More Fence Stain Information

All fence staining requires committee approval. Submit for Committee Approval

Also see Covenant Frequently Asked Questions.

Still have Questions?
Contact: HRCA Community Improvement Services Department at [email protected] or 303-471-8821. Office is located in the Recreation Center at Eastridge, 9568 University Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.