Fence Definitions


Any partition, structure, wall, or gate erected as a divider marker, barrier, or enclosure and located along the boundary or within the required yard.  For the purpose of this section, a fence shall not include naturally growing shrubs, trees or other foliage.  

Boundary Fence

A boundary fence is any fence parallel to the property line. 

Privacy Fence

A privacy fence is any fence used for screening of outdoor living areas and for enclosures where restricted visibility or protection are desired.

caution-icon-40x40Please Note - Fences of 7 feet or higher require a Conditional Use Permit from the Planning Department. To speak with a planner about the possibility of a Conditional Use Permit call 763-717-2748.
caution-icon-40x40Applicant Responsibilities:  As a homeowner/applicant, I will be acting as the contractor for the attached building project. I understand that I am responsible for completing the work as permitted, scheduling all required inspections, and I accept all responsibility for this project.
  1. Step 1 - Review and Prepare
  2. Step 2 - Create an Account
  3. Step 3 - Apply
  4. Step 4 - Review and Payment
  5. Step 5 - Schedule an Inspection

Review and Prepare

Locate Your Property Stakes

caution-icon-40x40Please Note - You must have your property stakes located and exposed before you can submit your application for a fence permit.
How to Locate Your Property Markers

Please review the information packets:

Information and Documents Needed
to Submit a Permit

The following documents need to be available for upload during the online application process. Please note, all documents need to be in a PDF format.


For the most current fees related to your project, view the Fee Schedule (PDF).


  • Final

To schedule an inspection follow the directions in Step 5 Schedule an Inspection.

Allow 3 to 4 business days for scheduling inspections and during the busy construction time please allow more time.

General Information

  • It is the homeowner’s responsibility to verify compliance with the homeowner’s association requirements prior to constructing the fence.
  • See Fence (PDF)  for height limitations. Some residential developments have additional requirements regarding locations and materials of fences or may prohibit fences entirely.