Where on my property can I build a fence?

Generally, fencing may abut your side and rear property lines and must not exceed six feet in height. When erecting a fence in your front yard, the fence shall be a minimum of six inches away from a public sidewalk, no higher than four feet, and be ornamental open picket style. If you are on a corner lot, you are considered to have two front yards.  Full list of fence regulations can be found here.


A permit is required before any fence may be installed. Submit your permit application and site plan showing the fence location to the Building Department prior to starting your project.

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1. Will Valparaiso Building Department require permits and inspections during COVID-19 closures?
2. When don't I need a permit?
3. Where on my property can I build a fence?
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5. Which building codes has the City of Valparaiso adopted?