Question by  eglennking (22)

Do I need a permit for a six-foot fence on my property?

I live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Answer by  patti (29325)

It depends on the building codes in your area. If you live in Philly proper, call Philadelphia Building Permits. If you live in a suburban area, the laws may be different regarding the height, type, color and other features of the fence. In addiction to restrictions, you may also need a permit.


Answer by  Vladimir (459)

Per Section A-301. 2. 1, of the Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code (Chapter 3 of the Philadelphia Code), a building permit is required to erect a fence unless it is a 'masonry fence wall' that does not exceed two feet or any other fence that does not exceed six feet.

posted by Anonymous
Answer is wrong! In Philadelphia a NON-masonary fence 6 foot or less does NOT need a permit.  add a comment

Answer by  katharine (3981)

Usually no, as long as it's on your property and no neighbors would have a problem with the fence. Check zoning laws though.


Answer by  Advisor (1032)

Yes, depending on the subdivision, your permit for a privacy fence will either be required by the developer (homeowner's association) or the city.


Answer by  needtoknow (1)

I called L&I for zoning - I have corner property and want a 6' fence - was told I do not need a permit and I can have a 6' fence on the side & back of the house.

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