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 do not have any permit fees and 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.
Fence and Wall Agreement Form. 

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 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 Public Works approval may be required.

Pool enclosures – These types of fence require the submittal of a site plan and generally take 5 business days to review. Site plan must show how the enclosure will comply with section AG105 of the international building code and section 19.3.15 of The City of Sandy Springs Zoning Ordinance pertaining to pool enclosures.

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 the “Zoning and Permitting” entrance on the south side of City Hall. Fence permits are 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:

  1. Fence and Wall Agreement Form. 
  2. Completed Fence Permit Application
  3. A site plan showing the location of the fence consisting of either:
    • Fence Installation Plan; or
    • Single Family Site Plan (SFSP) in lieu of the Fence Installation Plan
  4. Pool Permit (if the fence is securing a swimming pool)

Permit Fees

What fence types require a fee?  Commercial fences, fences within the River Corridor, and retro-fit fences to enclose residential and commercial pools will incur fees.

What fence types do NOT require a fee?  The only fee associated with a single family residential general use fence permit that are not used to enclose a swimming pool is a $5 technology surcharge.

Inspection Process

An inspection is not required by the City.

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