Fence Guide

1. Overview

A fence or a wall can make an exciting difference to your property by adding privacy and security. Building a fence or wall can be a great do-it-yourself project. But, before you begin, there are a few things that you should know.

2. What Type of Fence Can I Build?

  • Typically fences and walls may not exceed four feet in height in front yards. Fences in street side yards may be up to six feet in height. Please call our office to determine the allowable height of your proposed fence or wall in the street side yard.
  • Multifamily developments having a building site area of at least five acres and street frontage of at least 200 ft. are allowed fences and walls six feet in height in front and street side yards.
  • Walls and fences inside and rear yards may not exceed six feet in height. £ Commercial and Industrial Zoned Districts
  • Typically walls and fences may not exceed six feet in height in front and street side yards. j Walls and fences inside and rear yards may not exceed eight feet in height.

What else should I know?

  • All heights are measured from the established natural site grade.
  • Pillars and posts may extend up to 12 inches above the allowed height, as long as the pillars and posts are no less than 10 feet apart.
  • A temporary construction fence up to eight feet in height may be erected during construction in any zoning district.
  • Generally, no barbed wire, razor wire or electrically charged fence is allowed in any location on any building site.
  • Corner site distance areas are established at street intersections and driveways. Site visits are often made by City staff to determine adequate visibility according to generally accepted engineering standards.
  • Driveway gates should be positioned to allow the length of at least one standard size vehicle on the property, behind the property line.
  • All walls and fences should be maintained in good repair and sound structural condition.

3. Do I need a Permit?

Yes. A building permit is needed anytime a fence or wall is built or installed on your property. The permit helps us to make sure that your building plans meet all construction and development standards set by the City. The standards will help protect the health and safety of you and your neighbors and are important in preserving a good quality-of-life in your neighborhood.

4. What Plans Do I Need to Submit for my Permit?

For Walls, you will need electronically signed construction drawings.

For fences, you will need a site plan, which can be drawn on top of a copy of your survey. A survey should already have the following requirements:

  • Legal description
  • Existing property lines with property dimensions
  • Location of easements, their purpose (i.e. utility or drainage easements) and dimensions
  • Location of streets that are adjacent to the property
  • Locations and dimensions of all buildings and structures on the site, including the air conditioner compressor units
  • Distance (setbacks) of all buildings or structures from property lines and distance between buildings or structures on the same site
  • Location and dimensions for driveways, patios and decks

You’ll need to add the proposed location and height of the fence or wall.

If you plan to remove any trees you will need to obtain a tree permit. 

5. How do I get a Fence Permit?

Follow our steps to apply for your fence permit.

Get a Fence Permit