St. Louis Fencing Regulations

Fence Regulations St. Louis |ORNACO Fence

Thinking about adding a fence to your property in St. Louis? It’s important that you first review the fencing regulations for your area. Here’s a rundown of the Saint Louis Department of Public Safety Building Division Guidelines For Drawing Residential Fence Plans.

If you live in Saint Louis,

  • You must submit your fence construction plans when you apply for a residential building permit
  • Your plans should be drawn to scale on 8.5’’ by 11’’ (minimum) paper and submitted to: City Hall, Building Division – Permit Section, Room 245
  • If you’re planning to construct your fence within a designated historic district, or within 300 feet of a park or landmark, you should submit photographs with your construction plans
  • Your construction plans should include a site plan, information about the proposed fence and any other relevant details
  • Your site plan should indicate:
    • The size and shape of your lot
    • Your address and street(s)
    • Alley locations
    • The size and location of your house and nearby buildings
    • The location, length, height and type of proposed fence
    • The distance between the proposed fence and nearby property lines

General Fence Guidelines

  • Your fence shouldn’t exceed 42’’ in the front yard or 8′ in the back or side yard
  • For fences up to 6’ tall, the bottom of your concrete footings should be at least 30’’ below grade
  • For fences 6’-10’ tall, the bottom of your concrete footings should be at least 36’’ below grade
  • All your fence posts should have at least 2 inches of concrete cover on all sides, and 4 inches of concrete cover on the bottom

 

If you live outside of St. Louis city limits, make sure to review fence regulations for your city and/or subdivision. To read the full Saint Louis Department of Public Safety Building Division Guidelines, click here.

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