Fence Requirements

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A fence permit is required when you are installing any new fence or replacing more than 50 percent of the length or moving an existing fence and if you are changing the type of material used. The City regulates fences regarding their type, height, materials and location on the property. Most Permit Applications, including the fence permit, will move to an online submittal process beginning on June 22. Fence permit applications will only be accepted through the new online Building Permit and Development Review System, eTRAKiT. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Fees are based on the valuation of the project as assessed by the building official. Call 303-795-3751 for more information.

Fence Requirements

Permit procedures on fences for residential properties differ from those for commercial and industrial properties. Barbed wire fences are permitted in A-1, R-S, and R-L zone districts and are not permitted in any other residential districts. In all residential districts, all swimming and wading pools with a depth of 18 inches or greater shall be fully enclosed by a fence not less than 60 inches in height and shall be constructed in a manner to prohibit entry.

Homeowners may obtain permits from the Littleton Permit Center by submitting a site plan showing where the fence is to be placed on the lot in relation to property lines and the house. Site plans should also indicate fence height and type of materials. Download a blank site plan, either for a corner lot or an interior lot, depending on the property location. Site plans can also be hand-drawn, but must be legible and to scale.

Fence diagram 

Front Yards:

  • Maximum height: 48";
  • Construction: at least 50 percent of the surface shall be open on an interior lot; at least 75 percent of the surface shall be open on a corner lot.

Side Yards:

  • Maximum height: 6 feet; any fence over 6 feet requires a variance from the Board of Adjustment
  • Construction: may be 100 percent solid

Rear Yards:

  • Maximum height: 6 feet; any fence over 6 feet requires a variance from the Board of Adjustment
  • Construction: may be 100 percent solid

Sight Triangle:

  • All fences must meet sight distance requirements


After your fence is installed, call Community Development at 303-795-3748 to request an inspection. You need not be present for your inspection. Simply leave your permit card in a location that is visible from the street.

Important Items to Remember

Before digging post holes please call the Utility Notification Center of Colorado two business days before you start to dig at 1-800-922-1987 for location of underground utilities.


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