- All fences over four feet tall need a zoning permit. All walls, including retaining walls, over 12 inches high need a zoning permit.
- Post-hole dug fences only need a building permit if they are taller than eight feet, but all other fence and wall types require building permits if they are over four feet tall.
- Masonry walls and retaining walls over six feet in height require commercial engineering plan review and a building permit.
Apply for permits online
First-time e-permits users will need to create an online account. Then go to Development Services > Apply for a Permit. When prompted, select "zoning permit."
What to submit
When you apply for a permit in e-permits, you will be prompted to upload additional materials with your application. For fences and walls, please include the items listed below.
A site plan that illustrates...
- Labels and dimensions of all zone lot lines (e.g., primary, side, rear)
- The distance of the proposed fence/wall from all zone lot lines
- North arrow
- Labels for adjacent streets and alleys
- All existing structures already on the property
- Proposed fence/wall location and height
- Proposed fence/wall materials
Fence/wall elevations if the proposal includes...
- A mix of materials, such as a fence on top of a retaining wall etc.
- An over-height fence or wall
Section and footing details for fences or walls that require a building permit
View sample plans and tip sheets