Fence Regulations & Permits
- What do I need to do before I build or replace a fence?
- How much does a construction permit for a fence cost?
- Who should purchase a permit?
- When does my fence project need to be completed?
Fence regulations vary based on the zoning of a property. Fence permits are only required for City properties, but there are zoning regulations to follow in the County as well.
What do I need to do before I build or replace a fence?
If your property (residential or commercial) is within city limits and has a 3-4 digit property address, you need to purchase a Fence Construction Permit.
If your property is beyond city limits and has a 5 digit address within St. Joseph County, you are not required to purchase a permit before erecting or replacing a fence, but still must follow zoning regulations.
How much does a construction permit for a fence cost?
The permit fee is based on the value of the job (cost of labor and materials).
Who should purchase a permit?
The contractors that are performing the work must be either a Registered Building Contractor or the property owner in order to purchase a permit through the Building Department.