How Tall Can I Build My Fence?

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We get asked all the time, “How tall can I build my fence?”. Many of our clients ask because of an eyesore they want to cover up or to block out a noisy neighbor. What ever your reason may be we are here to help!

In 1987 Los Angeles increased the legal fence height to 8 feet tall. (Don’t get too excited). This was a big deal and the law still holds today. However, something to keep in mind, that you can’t just build an 8 foot fence anywhere on your property. This applies to your backyard and side yard only. So how tall can I build in my front yard? I’m glad you asked! In your front yard you can build up to 42 inches. If you are looking to build beyond 42 inches for privacy reasons you can get it permitted or get creative and plant hedges. A loophole to this law (only in some areas) is building beyond 42 inches must be 50% visibility. This could mean adding a lattice or a design that provides 50% visibility.

If you live in a historic area of Los Angeles, you will want to consult with your local department of building and safety and the contractor you are working with. I have provided a link at the bottom. If you are interested in getting a free estimate for your fence project, click on the button at the bottom of this page or visit our home page and fill out the form on the top of the page. If you have a question about a project feel free to give us a call and talk to a fence expert in person! Our phone number is (424) 625-8561. We wish you the best with your fence building project!

Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety. (213) 473-3231

Matthew Vidovich