Fencing and hedging are permitted along all property lines in residential zones.

When do I need a permit?

  • Fences taller than 6 feet require a building permit and plan review.
  • All fences require certificate of zoning compliance.
  • Fencing repairs can be made without a permit/certificate if the area being replaced is 100 square feet or less and will match the existing fencing material.

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Relevant Building Codes

Ohio Residential Code Toledo Municipal Code Overlay Districts

General Requirements

  1. Locate and ensure accuracy of property lines, if uncertain, contact a professional surveyor
  2. Check for any deed restrictions or easements
  3. Notify neighbors as a courtesy
  4. Materials not specifically manufactured for fencing can't be used for a fence within residential zoning district
  5. Used or discarded materials, including but not limited to pallets, doors, tires, corrugated metal, tree trunks, or other similar items can't be used for a fence
  6. Fence posts must be structurally stable. Wood fence posts must be treated lumber
  7. The finished side of the fence must face the adjacent property, street, or place

Maximum Fence Heights

  1. Front yard: 3.5 feet
  2. Side yard: 4 feet
  3. Rear yard: 7 feet
  4. Note that corner lots have two front yards. The rear yard on a corner lot is the one opposite the side of the house with the parcel address.