All new and replacement fence construction requires a fence and screening wall permit.

A fence must be constructed from materials and construction methods specifically designed or manufactured for fence construction. Fences may be painted or stained with natural wood colors. A fence cannot impede or alter lot drainage. A fence in the front yard or side yard adjacent to a street cannot impede visibility. Required swimming pool fences must comply with specific fence construction and gate requirements. Please check with Development Services staff for details on allowable materials/construction, drainage, visibility, and other swimming pool fence requirements.

Residential Fences: Fences being placed on the side or rear yards of properties that are not adjacent to a street, cannot exceed 8 feet in height above the grade of the property. Fences in the front yard cannot exceed 4 feet in height and shall be at least 50% open. In most residential districts, chain link and wire fences (e.g., barbed wire) are not allowed. Typical allowable fence materials include wood (stockade, board on batten, picket, etc.), wrought iron (tubular steel), and composite (resin, fiberglass reinforced plastic, etc.)

Nonresidential & Multifamily Fences: Allowable nonresidential and multifamily fence construction is generally the same as allowable residential fence construction. However, there are certain specific standards for screening wall fences:

  • Between nonresidential and single family uses
  • Between multifamily and single family residential uses
  • Used to screen open storage of materials (where allowed)
  • Used to screen dumpsters or other bulk trash containers.
Please check with Development Services staff for details on allowable nonresidential and multifamily fence construction.

Submittal Requirements: (See fence and screening wall permit application for details)

  • Fence and Screening Wall Permit
  • Construction plans (or drawing of typical fence construction details)
  • Plot plan (showing the property, location of buildings, and location of proposed fences and gates)
  • Permit fee: $50 for new fences/screening walls; 0$ for replacement fences with no additional fence panels/lengths or changes in fence location. If submitted as part of a new subdivision construction, there is no fee for a screening wall permit.
  • HOA approval letter (for fences and screening walls on residential lots within a neighborhood with a homeowners association)
Submittal Method: Fence and screening wall permit application and payment must be submitted in person by contractor.