Project Guide for Fences

This guide is intended to help educate you about the permitting process for building fences.  Requirements for construction of fences are dependent on the location of the property, location of the fence, height and materials.  Fences should not be constructed in the adjacent property or in the public right-of-way.

Step 1Check Landmark status

If your property is in a local historic landmark district or is a designated landmark structure, the Landmark Preservation staff must complete a design review of your project before you begin. Use the DevelopDENVER tool to the right to determine your property’s landmark status. Changes to the exterior of landmarked properties require approval from Landmark Preservation prior to the issuance of appropriate zoning, building, curb cut, or revocable permits.   Visit the Design Review web page for more information.

Step 2Identify your fence type

Select the picture that best describes the fence you want to install to view the guidelines for installing a fence on your property.

Submit completed application

Complete the zoning permit application for fences and submit to the Zoning Permit staff.

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What you need to know for your project!

Enter your property address or street intersection:
View property details including zoning, landmark status, inspector districts and more.

Submit Application

Email: zoningreview@denvergov.org

By mail or in person:
Development Services/Zoning
201 West Colfax, Dept 203
Denver, CO 80202

Fence Scenario A

Non-masonry 4' or less 

Height: 4' or shorter
Materials:  all non-masonry
Location:  front yard or backyard
Lot type:  interior lot

If the property is located along a designated parkway, a zoning permit is required.  


If the property is located in a landmark district or designated an historic structure, landmark approval and a zoning permit are required.  Landmark designation triggers a zoning permit.


If neither 1 nor 2, no permits are required but you must follow the zoning regulations for allowed materials.  Please see the Denver Zoning Code.


If the property is located in a floodplain, a wastewater permit may be required.



Fence Scenario D

Masonry with pickets

Height:  over 4'
Materials:  partial masonry  
Location:  front yard
Lot type:  Interior lot

If the property is located in a landmark district or is a designated historic structure, landmark approval is required.

A zoning permit with information notice (ZPIN) is required.  Please see the Denver Zoning Code for additional regulations.  For example, the fence may not be higher than 6’ and it must be 50% or more “open”.

A wastewater permit is required.

A building permit is required.

All masonry material is not allowed for this type of fence.



Fence Scenario G

Non-masonry 8' fence

Height: over 6’
Materials: all non-masonry 
Location:  backyard
Lot type:  interior lot

If the property is located in a landmark district or is a designated historic structure, landmark approval is required.

A zoning permit with information notice (ZPIN) is required.  Please see the Denver Zoning Code for additional regulations.  For example, the fence may not be higher than 8’.

If the property is located in a floodplain, a wastewater permit may be required.


Fence Scenario B

 Masonry 4' or less

Height:  4' or shorter
Materials:  All or partial masonry
Location:  front yard or backyard
Lot type:  interior lot

If the property is located along a designated parkway, a zoning permit is required.

If the property is located in a landmark district or designated an historic structure, landmark approval and a zoning permit are required.  Landmark designation triggers a zoning permit.

If neither 1 nor 2, a zoning permit is not required but you must follow the zoning regulations for allowed materials.  See the Denver Zoning Code.

A wastewater permit is required.




Fence Scenario E

Non-masonry 6' fence

Height:  over 4', no taller than 6’
Materials:  all non-masonry
Location:  backyard
Lot type:  interior lot

If the property is located in a landmark district or is a designated historic structure, landmark approval is required.

A zoning permit is required.

If the property is located in a floodplain, a wastewater permit may be required.



Fence Scenario H

Masonry 8' fence

Height: over 6’
Materials: all or part masonry 
Location:  backyard
Lot type:  interior lot

If the property is located in a landmark district or is a designated historic structure, landmark approval is required.

A zoning permit with information notice (ZPIN) is required.  Please see the Denver Zoning Code for additional regulations.  For example, the fence may not be higher than 8’.

A wastewater permit is required.

A building permit is required.

Fence Scenario C

 Non-masonry over 4'

Height: over 4'
Materials:  all non-masonry
Location:  front yard
Lot type:  interior lot

If the property is located in a landmark district or is a designated historic structure, landmark approval is required

A zoning permit with information notice (ZPIN) is required.  Please see the Denver Zoning Code for additional regulations.  For example, the fence may not be higher than 6’ and it must be 50% or more “open”.

If the property is located in a floodplain, a wastewater permit may be required.



Fence Scenario F

Masonry 6' - 8' fence

Height:  over 4’, no taller than 6’
Materials:  all or part masonry 
Location:  backyard
Lot type:  interior lot

If the property is located in a landmark district or is a designated historic structure, landmark approval is required.

A zoning permit is required.

A wastewater permit is required.

A building permit is required.



Fence Scenario I

Non-masonry 4' corner fence

Height: over 4’
Materials:  all
Location:  front yard and/or backyard
Lot type:  corner

If the property is located in a landmark district or is a designated historic structure, landmark approval is required.

Please contact zoning staff to determine if and what type of zoning permit may be required and what zoning regulations apply.

If the property is located in a floodplain, a wastewater permit may be required. 

A wastewater permit is required in any location if partial or all masonry material is used.

A building permit is required if partial or all non-masonry material is used.

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