Fence Permits

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When is a fence permit required?

A fence permit is required when installing a new fence, new gate or replacing an existing fence on residential and commercial properties.

General use residential fences – These are fences used to enclose a residential property and do not involve the enclosure of a swimming pool. These types of fences are generally issued the same day they are applied for. The submittal of documentation showing where the fence will be installed on the property is required.

Pool enclosures – These types of fences require the submittal of a site plan and can typically be reviewed over the counter. The site plan must show how the enclosure will comply with Code Section 305 of the 2012 International Pool and Spa Code and Section 8.2.10 of the Development Code.

Subdivision/commercial complex enclosures – These types of fences require the submittal of a site plan and generally take 5 to 10 business days to review. If a vehicular gate is proposed, the site plan will be reviewed by the Fire Marshal Office and Public Works Department.

Commercial dumpster enclosures – These types of fences require the submittal of a site plan and generally take 5 business days to review. If the installation of a dumpster pad is proposed, Fulton County approval may be required.

When is a fence permit not required?

A fence permit is not required for temporary security purposes during the commencement of construction.

Who can apply for a fence permit?

A permit can be obtained by licensed contractor, property owner, or property owner’s representative.

Applying for fence permit

To apply for a fence permit, please visit the construction permit desk located at Permits and Revenue at City Hall. Residential fence permits are typically issued over the counter at the time of application.

Licensed Contractors: Please bring your Business License and state issued ID (e.g. driver’s license).

Property Owners: Please bring your state issued ID (e.g. driver’s license).

All applicants please provide:

  1. Fence and wall application and agreement form.  The Owner Affidavit (page 4 of the application) must be signed and notarized prior to submittal at the permit desk.
  2. A site plan. The site plan must show all the property lines and the location of the fence.

Fence Permit Fees The only fee associated with a fence permit is a $5 technology surcharge.

Inspection Process

An inspection is required only for fences with masonry columns or fences that are 7 feet and up.

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