Are there any regulations regarding the location and height of fences and walls?

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Are there any regulations regarding the location and height of fences and walls?

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The county’s Zoning Ordinance regulates the location of fences and walls on a lot based on the height of the fence or wall. On most residential lots, the Zoning Ordinance only allows a fence or wall of 4 feet or less in the front yard. Remember that on corner lots, the two yards which lie between the principle building and the intersecting streets are both deemed to be front yards. In a side or rear yard, a fence or wall of not more than 7 feet is generally allowed. There are some limited exceptions to these rules for particular types of lots that abut or are in close proximity to major thoroughfares. For specific information regarding your property and designation of the yards on your lot, please contact the Zoning Permit Review Branch of the Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-222-1082, TTY 711. In many instances, a Building Permit is not required for a fence. For information regarding Building Permit requirements, please contact the Permit Application Center of the Department o

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Some municipalities place restrictions on the maximum height of fences and walls. Additionally, they may require that these structures be placed at a certain distance from useable windows for fire safety reasons. You will need to check with the building/zoning department of the municipality where the structure will be located to determine what regulations apply and also whether a permit for construction is required. Click Here for municipality contact information.

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