Apply for a Fence

Fences measuring 3.5' to 6' in height in a front yard require a Zoning Permit. See below for a list of exemptions and application and permit requirements.

Before you Start

Please review the Permit Requirements below as these vary from project to project.

Ready to get started? First, make sure you are registered and activated at our Online Permit Center. For instructions, please visit our Planning & Building Video Tutorials webpage.

What to Do

Permit Requirements

How to Apply

  1. Step One: Design Review
    • Submit a Zoning Worksheet through our Online Permit Center*
      * NOTE: You will be taken to our login page first before you can submit a Zoning Worksheet
    • In the Worksheet, upload your completed Basic Application for Development Review (select “Small Project Design Review” or “DS-1” under the "Development Permits" list on the application) and all associated documents. Include a photo of the yard, a site plan — with property lines, building footprints, and proposed fence location — along with elevations to scale for design and size.
  2. Step Two: Building Permits (As Applicable)

    Wooden or metal fences over 7' and retaining walls over 3' also require you to:

  3. Step Three: Application Review

    Once we receive your application and have created it in our system, we will review your plans. If your plans require corrections or if we need further information, we will contact you. If your plans are approved, we will contact you to issue your permit. For the latest processing estimates, please see our Average Permit Processing Turnaround Times webpage.

Need to Know


Call (510) 238-3891 or find quick answers through our Permit & Services Questions Portal. You may also schedule an appointment with Permit Counter staff during open hours.


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