Questions regarding fences are common. This page has some helpful information on fencing and its regulation in the City of Austin.

Questions regarding fences are common. This page has some helpful information on fencing and its regulation in the City of Austin.

  • You can build a "solid" fence between the heights of 6 and 8 foot, given it either meets the requirements of City Code 25-2-899 (Sections E-G) or you obtain a variance from the City of Austin Board of Adjustment. In both circumstances, the homeowner will be required to obtain written authorization from the adjacent property owners that are affected by the fence. If the adjacent property owner is the City of Austin, you will NOT be able to obtain that authorization letter; you must go straight to the Board of Adjustments and ask for a variance.

  • You cannot build a "solid" fence over 8 feet high. A fence considered "ornamental" may be built higher than 8 feet. Please see Section (B) of City Code 25-2-899 for the difference between "ornamental" and "solid."

  • The City of Austin does not regulate, delegate, prevent or police the types of materials that may be used in the construction of a fence.

  • See Code Compliance's webpage for more information on fences built for temporary use.

If you have additional questions about fences, please contact the Development Assistance Center at (512) 978-4000