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All fencing must comply with the requirements of the San José Municipal Code.

Single-Family Residential
For single-family residential properties, fences are generally limited to three feet in height in the front yard and seven feet in height in the side and rear yards. However, corner lots, unusually shaped lots, and Planned Development (PD) zones have different requirements. For more information, please refer to the fence regulations diagram or contact the Planning Division at (408) 535-3555.

Multi-Family Residential or Commercial / Industrial
For multi-family residential or commercial / industrial properties, fences must not only comply with City regulations but are also subject to design review by the Planning Division as part of a Development Permit or Permit Adjustment application. For more information, please contact the Planning Division at (408) 535-3555.

A building permit from the Building Division is generally not required for fences seven feet or less in height. However, please note that different requirements apply to retaining walls and swimming pool / spa enclosures. For more information, please refer to the Building Division’s Fence and Retaining Wall Requirements and Swimming Pools and Spas Setback Enclosure Requirements, or contact the Building Division at (408) 535-3555.