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Guide to Fence Height Bylaws in Edmonton


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Edmonton, like most municipalities, has specific fence height restrictions and bylaws. If you’re building a new residential fence around your property, you must know the maximum and minimum height regulations in Edmonton. Here’s what you need to know.


Residential Fence Maximum Height Restrictions

These are the maximum fence height limits for residential fences in Edmonton:

  • 1.20 metres for fences and gates in front yards and flanking side yards

  • 1.85 metres for fences and gates in backyards

If you abide by these fence regulations, you don’t need a building permit for a fence in Edmonton.


Applying for a Fence Height Permit in Edmonton

A fence higher than the maximum height allowed in local fence bylaws requires a permit. You can apply through the City of Edmonton’s website, and you must provide:


  • A copy of a site plan that shows existing buildings, property lines and dimensions. You must indicate the proposed location, height and fence materials you want to use.

  • Your property’s municipal address and legal description (plan number, block and lot as shown on your tax notice).

  • All applicable fees.


How to Measure Fence Height in Edmonton

There are specific rules for how to measure your fence height in Edmonton. The height is determined using the construction material, not including posts or supporting anchors. You must make your measurement from ground level, half a metre back from the property line where you want to build your fence.


Fence Bylaws for Yards with Swimming Pools

If you have a swimming pool in your yard, you must have a fence with a minimum height of 1.8 metres that completely encloses the pool. The gate must be the same height as the fence and self-closing. The latch should lock and be installed inside the entrance at least 1.5 metres off the ground.


Garbage Stands on Your Fence

If you’re incorporating an area to store garbage cans in your fence, the stand can be no more than 1.5 metres high and 30 centimetres off the ground. Garbage cans should be accessible from the front of the stand, not the top.


Call Before Building a Fence

Before you dig, it’s best to locate all underground lines such as gas, water and internet. Visit the Utility Safety Partners website to arrange a visit from your local utility companies.


Fence Installation in Edmonton

Duraguard Fence Ltd. can provide a free quote for fencing projects. We follow all local fence height regulations in Edmonton and throughout Alberta. Duraguard Fence Ltd. manufactures, supplies and installs fences and can also provide DIY fencing kits for chain link and vinyl fences. Contact us today in Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Bonnyville and Fort McMurray.

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