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Fence Permit Application

  1. Fence Permit Application

    Please fill out the following application to be reviewed for approval of a fence permit.

    The cost of a fence permit is $50. The estimated turnaround time is 10 business days. The applicant will be contacted when the permit is complete and ready for payment. 

  2. Fence Permit Requirements

    §286-530.20

    A. No fence shall be erected by any person without first obtaining in writing a permit from the Administrator.

    B. Except as provided for in § 286-530.18, fences may be constructed in any location, on any lot. The maximum height of a fence shall not exceed seven feet in the side and rear yard.

    C. On any lot, fences located in front of the building line shall not exceed 42 inches in height. No solid/privacy or chain link or other wire-type fencing shall be permitted in the front yard.

    D. Use of barbed wire or electrified fencing is prohibited.

    §121-1 

    In order to maintain a free and unobstructed flow of surface water, every surface water drainage easement shall be unobstructed at all times by landowners. Any obstruction which, in the opinion of the Director of Public Works, might endanger the health, comfort, or general welfare of the residents of the city, found to be in violation of this section, shall constitute a public nuisance, subject to abatement by the City at the expense of the landowner responsible for such obstruction.


  3. § 286-530.20 Location and design of fences.

    The maximum height of a fence shall not exceed seven feet in the side and rear yard.

  4. On any lot, fences located in front of the building line shall not exceed 42 inches in height.

  5. Examples of Permitted Fences
    permitted fences
  6. No solid/privacy or chain link or other wire type fencing shall be permitted in the front yard.

  7. Examples of Fences NOT Permitted
    not permitted fences
  8. NOTICE: REQUIREMENT FOR SURVEY/PLAT

    Pursuant to § 286-606.A. of the City Code, a zoning permit is required for the erection, construction, reconstruction, moving, adding to, or alteration of any structure, or the establishment of any land use. Effective immediately and pursuant to § 286-606.D. of the City Code, zoning permit applications for such work on single-family and duplex dwellings, including fence permits, and any work exempt from submitting a site plan for approval per City Code Section 286-326.46, is required to include the submission of a recent survey/plat drawn to scale identifying the following information: 1) the property for which a permit is requested; 2) the dimensions of the proposed improvement drawn to scale; and 3) the distances between the proposed improvement to each property line and/or adjacent structure.

    Plats can be obtained at the Circuit Court Clerk's Office at 550 Boulevard from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  9. APPLICATION IS NOT COMPLETE WITHOUT A SUBMITTED SITE PLAN (a drawing of where the fence will be with measurements). Please email attachments to siteplans@colonialheightsva.gov to include with your submission if error occurs attaching files.

  10. Please put the length in linear feet. 

  11. Please put the total height in inches or feet. 

  12. Installation Area*

    Where will the fence be installed on the property? This will also need to be shown on a plat or survey. 

  13. Street Address, City, State, Zip Code
  14. Street Address, City, State, Zip Code
  15. Street Address, City, State, Zip Code
  16. Statement*
  17. By printing your name here you are signing the application.

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  19. This field is not part of the form submission.