Use the Fence permit application to request the construction of a fence or retaining wall. A building permit is not required for a fence of any height unless required for pedestrian safety or used as the barrier for a swimming pool.
After the Zoning Division has initially reviewed and approved the fence permit application, you’ll then visit the Department of Environmental Services (DES) to verify that the fence isn’t being built over an existing easement or right-of-way. After DES signs off on the permit and the application is paid for, Zoning will issue the fence permit.
Disputes regarding the placement of fences or locations of common property lines between neighboring property owners are considered civil matters and are not the subject of zoning enforcement. Verification of property lines and locations of improvements on a property should be identified by a Virginia licensed land surveyor.
Which Way Should My Fence Face?
The zoning ordinance does not regulate aesthetics regarding fences; therefore, we do not stipulate which side of the fence is exposed to neighbors or public rights-of-way. The Historic Affairs and Landmark Review Board (HALRB) may dictate otherwise for properties that are either registered as historic or are located within a historic district.