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In many cases, residential fences do not require a Building or Planning Review permit. However, all residential fences must meet the following requirements in Oregon City's fence code (OCMC 17.54.100):

  • Between the front facade of the house and the street (or 40 feet back from the front property line, whichever is closer), the fence must be 42 inches, or 3.5 feet, high or less. (OCMC 17.54.100.A.1)
  • At and behind the front facade of the house (or 40 feet back from the front property line, whichever is closer), the fence must be 72 inches, or 6 feet, high or less. (OCMC 17.54.100.A.2.a)
  • Property owners shall ensure compliance with the traffic sight obstruction requirements in OCMC 10.32.
  • Fences cannot be chain link material. (OCMC 17.62.050.H.d)
  • See our Guide to Building a Fence (PDF) for more details.

Fence DiagramFences on properties with the following characteristics require a permit of some type:

Planning fees for any required review processes can be found on our Planning Fee Schedule.

Got Questions?

Feel free to email Planning or call 503-722-3789 with any Planning questions. You may also email the Building Department or email Public Works.

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