Fences DMC Chapter 14.64.180
A fence permit is needed to construct a barrier of any material designed to enclose or screen an area of land. A permit is required for new fences, replacements and relocations adjacent to right of way, open spaces (public and private), parks (public and private), trails and sensitive areas. A permit will be required even if it is a “like for like” replacement. City staff will review that the requirements of DMC 14.64.180 apply and will determine whether a survey is needed.
In residential zoning districts, fences may be constructed to a maximum height of four feet in front yards and six feet on the sides and rear of a lot. In mixed-use and commercial zones, fences may be constructed to a maximum height of six feet.
Permit Type: This is a Type I permit; it needs an administrative decision made by the City staff for approval. No public notice or hearing is required.
Fee: There is no application fee for this permit. A contractor may submit on behalf of a homeowner. If using a contractor, please do not schedule your installation service until after you have received approval from the City.
How to Apply
Apply online through our OpenGov portal:
- A Boundary Survey by a licensed surveyor (recording is not required but highly recommended)
- Site Plan showing:
- All property lines and their dimensions
- All easements and rights of way (streets, sidewalks adjacent to property, etc.)
- Location of all existing structures (outline of house, garages and driveway), including existing fences
- Fence design drawings showing:
- Height of fence in all areas of proposed fencing
- Type of materials that will be used to construct the fence
- Design of fence
- Location of proposed fence and relative distance to all four property lines
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