Fences in the City are regulated by the Zoning Ordinance in the City's Land Management Code. Generally speaking, fences for properties in residential zoning districts can be up to 6 feet in height and may run along the rear property line and side property lines up to the front corners of the primary structure. Front yard fences are limited to 3 feet in height and of open construction. Certain fencing matrials are prohibited in front yards and additional restrictions apply to corner and "through" lots. Fences in commercial and industrial zoning districts can be up to 8 feet and 10 feet, respectively, and may require landscaping.
Anyone wishing to erect a new fence or replace an existing fence must apply for a Fence Permit in the Planning Office, One East Franklin Street, Room 300 (applications for fences can also be found on the Application Forms page). Fence Permits are reviewed to ensure compliance with the Zoning Ordinance and that the proposed fence does not interfere with underground or overhead utilities. Fence permits are typically approved within 5 to 7 business days. Fences for properties inside Historic Districts are also subject to Historic District Commission (HDC) approval and may take additional time to review.