Fence Regulations

Things to know if you are planning to add a fence to your yard.

Electrical fences, barbed wire, and pointy spikes are prohibited in all residential districts.
No permit is required in order to construct a fence, but the following ordinance requirements must be followed.

Fence Ordinance Requirements

Fence Height:

How high a fence may be built depends on whether or not it is in the Front Yard.  Front Yard fences may be 3 feet high if it is a solid fence, 6 feet if it is a transparent fence.  Fences not in the front yard may be up to 8 feet high.

fence diagram

This illustrates different fence heights permitted depending upon whether the fence is in the front yard or rear yard, and whether the fence is considered transparent or solid.

Is your fence considered solid or transparent?

Fence Location:

A fence may be placed up to, but not on your property line. This rule applies to all portions of the fence, including posts, concrete and fence face. The exact location of the property line must be determined before constructing the fence. You are welcome to come and look at the city maps that are available in the Planning Department. This will help you to determine lot dimensions and the locations of property pins. If help is needed at your property to find the line, you will need to request the services of a private surveyor at your expense. The City does not employ surveyors on staff.

Required Check for Buried Utilities

dial 811 before you dig

You can reach JULIE (Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators) by dialing 811 or the toll-free number, 1-800-892-0123. For more information and a list of frequently asked questions, please visit www.call811.com

You must call J.U.L.I.E. to check the location of any buried utilities before you dig. This service is free. They will come to your property and mark where utilities are buried.