A fence or a wall can make an exciting difference to your property by adding privacy and security. Building a fence or wall can be a great do-it-yourself project. But, before you begin, there are a few things that you should know.
A fence permit is NOT required if ALL of the items below apply to your fence project:
- Fence is located on a one or two-family residential property.
- Fence is six feet or less in height. (All heights shall be measured from the established normal building site grade.)
- Fence materials are one of the following: wood, plastic/vinyl, chain-link, aluminum, wrought-iron, plant-material.
- Fence complies with Orlando Code Chapter 58 Part 5B(5).
A fence permit IS required if ANY of the items below apply to your fence project:
- Fence is located on a commercial property, including three-unit or more residential properties.
- Fence is more than six feet in height. (All heights shall be measured from the established normal building site grade.)
- Fence materials are one of the following: concrete, masonry or block, including posts or include any reinforcement (concrete/rebar).
- Fence is utilized as a required pool/spa barrier.
- Fence is located on or near any or all public easements as depicted on a property survey.
- Fence includes vehicular gates or powered (electric, solar, etc) gates.
- Fence is associated with a demolition permit or the demolition of a structure on the property.
- Fence is required as part of Chapter 33 Safeguards During Construction – Florida Building Code.
- Fence is located in a floodplain or a floodway (Check if your property is located in one of these areas.)
For walls, you will need electronically signed construction drawings.
For fences, you will need a site plan, which can be drawn on top of a copy of your survey. A survey should already have the following requirements:
- Legal description
- Existing property lines with property dimensions
- Location of easements, their purpose (i.e. utility or drainage easements) and dimensions
- Location of streets that are adjacent to the property
- Locations and dimensions of all buildings and structures on the site, including the air conditioner compressor units
- Distance (setbacks) of all buildings or structures from property lines and distance between buildings or structures on the same site
- Location and dimensions for driveways, patios and decks
You’ll need to add the proposed location and height of the fence or wall.
If you plan to remove any trees, you will need to obtain a tree permit.
Follow our steps to apply for your fence permit.
Get a Fence Permit