Fence Requirements

Non-Structure Fence Requirements

A fence that is 7 feet in height or under, measured from the ground to the top of the fence is not considered a structure and does not require a permit. It may be placed as close to the property line as you wish. Please be advised, however, that if a fence is on the property line, it becomes joint ownership with your neighbor. This office suggests that you place a 7 foot or shorter fence at least 1.5 feet away from the property line for maintenance purposes.

Structure Requirements

If a fence is over 7 feet (7’) in height, measured from the ground to the top of the fence, it is considered a structure and requires a Zoning Permit. It addition, the fence must meet the setbacks required for the zoning in which it is located.

If your property is a corner lot, the fence cannot exceed 3 feet in height located within a triangular space on the lot bounded by the 2 intersecting street lines and a straight line connecting a point 50 feet from the intersection with a point on the other street line 50 feet from the intersection.

As shown in the diagram, there is to be nothing over 3 feet in height within the shaded area.
A diagram displaying fencing in relationship to intersecting street lines