The City’s Zoning By-law restricts the height of a fence in the rear or side yard to a maximum of 2 metres (6 feet, 6 inches). In the front yard a fence may not exceed a height of 1 metre (39 inches). A hedge may also be considered a fence that must comply with the Zoning By-law height restrictions. Please contact Zoning Services at 905-874-2090 to find out how high you can build a fence on your property.
The zoning by-law further restricts the height of fences and hedges on a corner lot. The City restricts fences on corner lots so that pedestrians and drivers can see over the fence and see what’s coming toward them around the corner.
While the City does not require that you to get a permit to build fence, you should make sure that you don’t inadvertently build your fence on a neighbour’s or the City’s property. The City’s Division Fence By-law 172-2006 addresses disputes where neighbouring property owners cannot agree on property line fencing.