How Tall Can I Build My Fence?

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How Tall Can I Build My Fence?

We get asked this question all the time. So, we figured this would be a great place to answer it!

Fences come in many different heights, and for good reason: different sized fences serve different purposes. Depending on your needs, wants, and can-dos, you may choose a short 3 foot picket fence or an 8 foot fortress of privacy. The placement of your fence, such as your front yard or backyard, can affect the height of your ideal fence. Unfortunately, local regulations may dictate height for you and limit your options. That’s often the first concern for homeowners, but it’s not the only reason to think about height. Here are some considerations when deciding on the perfect fence height for your yard.

Local Regulations Regarding Fence Height

Want to make your house feel like a home? Contact Harwell Fencing & Gates Inc. for a free quote. We install fences in and around West Los Angeles and Culver City. If you are outside these areas we can set up a paid design consultation and can service that particular area.

Fence regulations are typically governed by local law or a homeowners’ association. In many areas, six feet is the maximum height for a backyard fence, while a 42” fence may be used in front of your home. One reason front yard fences are smaller is because taller fences can block the sightlines of cars, creating blind corners at intersections and putting children and pets in danger. Depending on your location, you may be able to build an open fence (such as an aluminum fence) higher because it allows for visibility.

For more information about height restrictions give us a call: (310) 601-6616

Arian Harwell, Lead Designer

I grew up building custom furniture in Taos, New Mexico with my Dad. We did it all. When we moved west we liked the weather and decided to build outdoors. Over the years we met a bunch of skilled craftsmen who like making fences and gates with us.