FENCE GUIDELINES AND ZONING COMPLIANCE APPLICATION
City Code requires permits for the placement and type of fences on private property (see page 3 of attached document). Your permit application should provide enough information about your proposed fence for the city planner to determine if it meets the requirements.
Residential Zoning Districts–Height and Opacity Limits:
Front open space:
Any fence within this are a may be up to 4 feet in height and no more than 50% opaque (i.e. must be at least 50% open, such as chain
link, wrought iron or picket fencing). Front open space dimensions vary by district: R1A=40 ft; R1B= 30 ft; and R1C, R1D, R2A & R2B = 25 ft. Exception: On a corner lot, a fence may be no higher than 30 inches within the first 25 feet on either side of the corner
Middle Yard, 25 ft back:
Any fence within this area may be no more than 6 feet in height and no more than 80% opaque (i.e. must be at least 20% open, such as board-on-board fencing).
Any fence within this area may be up to 8 feet in height and 100% opaque (e.g. a stockade fence). Note that a building permit is required for fences over 6 feet in height.
Read the full Fence Guidelines and see pictures at
or on the Washtenaw Citizens For Ecological Balance site at wc4eb.org/wp-content/documents/FenceGuidelinesCS014.pdf