Fences measuring 3.5' to 6' in height in a front yard require a Zoning Permit and must be at least 60% transparent. Fences over 6' in residential front yards are NOT permitted. Wood and metal fences over 7' require a Building Permit. Fences made of other materials may also require a Building Permit depending on their height. Also, retaining walls over 6' require a Zoning Permit and those over 3’ require a Building Permit.
Please review page 60 of our Design Review Manual for design guidelines. As indicated in the manual, if other fences on the same side of the block are pushed back 18" from the sidewalk, please match that distance for consistency.
In commercial and industrial zones, fences may be allowed up to 8' in height or in some cases up to 10' in height, and require Zoning Review. Some fences between 8 and 10' may also require a Zoning Permit.
For residential properties, the following fences do NOT require a Zoning Permit:
- Fences measuring up to 3.5' (42”) tall in a front yard
- Fences measuring up to 8' tall in a side yard or backyard
For commercial and industrial zones, fences under 8' do NOT require a Zoning Permit, but do require Zoning Review.