Different fences serve different purposes. This is why fence panels come in varying heights. Keep in mind, though, that even if you prefer a taller fence, panels cannot exceed a certain height. Most cities actually enforce a residential limit on fence height.
Residential Fence Height Regulations
Fence height varies greatly. The typical white-picket fence, for instance, is usually no more than three-feet. Full privacy fences, on the other hand, are upwards of five to six feet.
Why don’t you see fences 10 feet high or ones that are level with the home’s roof? Most municipalities have regulations that limit fence height. In most jurisdictions, fences for a front yard cannot exceed four feet, while backyard fences cannot exceed six feet. Fences have to be shorter if they’re in the front of the home because tall panels can create blind spots for motorists.
If your home is part of a homeowner’s association (HOA), the association may have its own set of rules. If the association says front yard fences cannot exceed three feet, then that’s the maximum allowed, even if the city regulation says otherwise. Continue Reading →