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For more information, please visit Section 2114 of the Zoning Ordinance.

Fence Specifications

 

Fences & Walls (3.5' - 6')

A permit for a fence or wall 3.5' - 6' tall requires a Zoning Permit Application.

In the rear yard, privacy fences up to six (6) feet in height, chain link fences up to four (4) feet in height, rail fences up to five (5) feet in height, ornamental fences up to six (6) feet in height, and decorative walls up to four (4) feet in height are permitted.

 

In the required front yard, chain link and privacy fences are not permitted. Walls above three and one-half (3.5) feet in height are not permitted. Ornamental and rail fences up to three and one-half (3.5) feet are permitted. A legal nonconforming chain link fence up to four (4) feet in height, located within the required front yard of a platted lot in the R-5 (single-family residential) zoning district, may be extended with the approval of the zoning official.

 

On all lots, fences or walls over three and a half (3.5) feet in height shall not be permitted within ten (10) feet of the intersection of a driveway with the road right-of-way. Such requirement shall apply to driveways on the same lot as the fence and driveways located on adjoining lots.

 

On residential corner lots, a chain link fence up to four (4) feet in height or privacy fence up to six (6) feet in height is permitted within a front yard of a side street provided the residences on the adjacent lot and opposing lot also do not front on such side street.

 

You do not need a zoning permit for:

  • Repairs: Repairs to an existing fence or wall with no structural changes.
  • Replacement: Replacement of an existing fence with a new fence that is the same type, height, and in the same location as the existing fence; provided the replacement fence is otherwise in full compliance with Section 2114 of the Zoning Ordinance and the building code.
  • Gates: The installation of gates of up to eight (8) feet in width in an existing fence or wall with no structural changes.
  • Short lengths of new fence: Construction of less than eight (8) feet of new fence, provided that such work is in compliance with Section 2114 of the Zoning Ordinance and the building code.
  • Fences associated with active farms: Wire or wood fences associated with an active farm with a minimum road frontage of 200 feet.
  • Living fences: Planting of continuous hedgerows or similar landscape features.

 

Fences & Walls (taller than 6')

A permit for a fence or wall taller than 6' requires a Building Permit Application found on the Building Permits, Applications, & Forms page.

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