Fences are constructed for a variety of reasons. They are generally used to restrict the movement of people and animals into or out of a parcel of land. Often they are placed to denote boundaries, delineate specific-use areas, provide privacy or for aesthetic reasons. Common fence types are split rail, picket, board on board or chain link.

Fences may not be placed so as to encroach on easements of any kind or on State or County rights-of-way. If you are on a corner lot, you may not locate a fence within 25 feet of the point of intersection on your property lines that abut the streets.

To place a fence over four feet high on your lot, you must apply for a building permit and submit site plans showing proposed fence location(s) including well and/or septic (if applicable). Structural plans may be required for fence erections.

If you are located in a subdivision with a Homeowner’s Association (HOA), a separate approval from the HOA may be necessary. Unless erected by the homeowner, all home improvement projects require a contractor who is licensed with the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.


For applicable forms visit Forms and Checklists.

The following plans are required to apply for a fence permit:

  •  Three (3) Site/Plot Plans showing the fence location