- A fence may be erected up to the lot line, but no part of the fence or post may encroach over the lot line. Keep a fence or plantings back from the property line to allow easy maintenance. It is your choice whether to fence in the entire yard or only part of it.
- There is no legal requirement that the good side of the fence face your neighbor. But it s a good idea to talk over your fence project with your neighbors and find out their concerns.
- Fence or hedge height shall be measured from natural or approved grade. In the case of grade separation, such as the division of properties by a retaining wall, fence or hedge height shall be determined based on measurement from the average point between highest and lowest grade. If the fence or hedge is set back from the retaining wall by a distance of at least 4 feet, the height shall be measured from the base of the fence or hedge. Berms and retaining walls shall not be used to increase grade relative to screening height.
- Screening fences or hedges in the front yard setback may be no higher than 4 feet. Ornamental fences may be 5 feet high if less than 50% opaque and 6 feet high if less than 20% opaque.
- Screening fences or hedges in corner street side yards may be 6 feet high if set back 4 feet from the street side lot line or located behind the rear plane of the principal building. Otherwise, they are limited to 4 feet in height.
- Screening fences or hedges in rear or interior side yards may be 6 feet high. If your yard adjoins a commercial district, the fence or hedge may be 8 feet high along the common property line.
- Street intersection corners may have fences or hedges that are 2 feet or less in height. Trees cannot have branches lower than 10 feet above ground level. These requirements are for fences, hedges, or trees within 25 feet, on either side, from the corner of the lot. This lets pedestrians and autos have a clear view of traffic.
- In-ground pools must be enclosed by a fence that is at least 4 feet high. A pool fence must also have a gate with a lock.
- Above-ground pools with sides that are less than 4 feet high do not need to be enclosed by a fence. However, access to an above ground pool must be controlled. A removable ladder is an easy way to meet this requirement.
- Driveways may be lined by fences or plantings that you cannot see through. But any place within 10 feet of where the driveway intersects with a street-side lot line, fences or plantings cannot be more than 2 feet high. If your neighbor’s driveway is closer than 10 feet to the lot line, this rule also applies to your plantings or fence.
- Retaining walls are subject to the same height considerations as other types of fences. Retaining wall height is measured from the natural grade of the land to the top of the wall or to the top of a wall/screen combination at the lot line.