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Do You Need a Permit to Build a Fence in Edmonton?


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Before starting your fence installation project, you should understand Edmonton’s rules and regulations regarding permits to ensure your plans are in compliance. The need for a permit often depends on the type of fence you plan to install and its location. Here’s what you need to know about obtaining a permit to install a fence on your Edmonton property.


When You Need to Obtain a Permit for Your Fence

You don’t need a permit if your residential or commercial fence complies with Edmonton’s height and location requirements.


However, if your fence exceeds height or location restrictions, you’ll need to apply for a Development Permit and possibly a Building Permit.


The maximum height limits for most residential properties are 1.2 metres (4 feet) for front yard fences and 1.85 metres (6.1 feet) for side and rear yard fences.


A Development Permit ensures your plans align with zoning regulations, and a Building Permit confirms the construction itself adheres to the Building Code. Only fences surrounding hot tubs and swimming pools require both a Development Permit and a Building Permit.


How to Apply for a Permit

Here are the general steps to obtain a permit:


  1. Check your zoning. Determine your property's zoning to understand the height restrictions and permit requirements specific to your location. You can find this information on the City of Edmonton's website or by contacting their planning department.

  2. Prepare documentation. Gather all necessary documents, including site plans, fence designs and property surveys.

  3. Submit your application. You can apply for a permit online through the City of Edmonton's permitting portal. Ensure that your application includes all required documents and details about your project, whether it’s a chain link, vinyl, wood or ornamental iron fence installation. By the way, once a Development Permit is approved, your original application becomes your Building Permit application, if needed.

  4. Pay the fees. Edmonton charges $180 for a Development Permit for an over-height fence. There’s no additional charge for a Building Permit.

  5. Wait for approval. The city will review your application and, if everything is in order, will approve your permit. The City of Edmonton then notifies all neighbours living within 60 metres about the project, and they have four weeks to appeal.

  6. Install your fence. Once you've obtained the necessary permit(s), you can proceed with your fence installation project. Be sure to follow the approved plans to avoid any issues down the line.


Professional Fence Installation in Edmonton

At Duraguard Fence Ltd., we offer customized chain link, vinyl, wood and ornamental iron fence installation for commercial and residential customers in Alberta. Our fencing technicians will ensure that your fence complies with Edmonton’s by-laws. Contact us today to get a quote on your next fencing project.

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