Privacy Walls

Privacy walls used for fencing are usually constructed of brick, block, stone or concrete.

When planning the construction or installation of a privacy wall, it is very important to consider existing drainage patterns on the lot. The drainage patterns cannot be altered. This includes rainfall run-off originating on the property that flows through the lot from adjacent properties. Grades on either side of the wall must remain as they were prior to construction.

To construct a privacy wall over four feet high, a Building Permit must be obtained, and site plans showing existing and proposed structure location(s), including well and/or septic (if applicable), must be submitted. Structural plans also must be submitted. Privacy walls have the same set-back requirements as fences according to the zoning and existence of private well and/or septic systems. 

If your home is 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 that a contractor licensed with the Maryland Home Improvement Commission is used.


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