Planning permits for fencing are required for all of the following properties: multi-family (townhomes, rowhomes, apartments and condos), single-family homes with a Home Owners Association (HOA), commercial properties, industrial properties, and any property with fencing over 6 feet in height.
For single-family homes, all wood fences 6 feet or less in height do not require building or planning permits to install. However, any fence over 6 feet in height requires a Planning and Building permit. Any non-wood fence or retaining wall requires a building permit.
For residential properties, fences or masonry walls are typically constructed of wood, brick, concrete masonry units (CMU) with stucco, or rock. Fence materials not found within a residential neighborhood are discouraged, such as chain link or corrugated metal.
For commercial and industrial properties, fence materials should be of commercial-grade, such as CMU with stucco, brick, or metal. No residential fence materials should be used on a commercial or industrial property.
All fences and walls are measured from adjacent grade (i.e. ground) to the top of the fence, inclusive of decorative elements such as lattice or posts.
No fences are permitted within the public right-of-way without authorization by the Public Works Department. More information on allowable fence locations on private property are provided below based on property type.