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Fence Requirements
All fencing must comply with Section 20.30.600 of the San Jose Municipal Code. 

Fences on Single-Family Properties
  • Do not require a building permit, if complying with the height limitations:
  • 3 feet in height in front yard 
  • 7 feet in height in side and rear yards
  • For corner lots, see the diagram on the Fence and Retaining Wall Requirements bulletin.
  • For unusually shaped lots or Planned Development (PD) zones; please consult with a Planner as these may have different requirements.

Fences on Multifamily, Commercial, and Industrial Properties
  • Require Planning Division design review as part of a Development Permit or Permit Adjustment application.
  • Require a building permit and plan review.

Retaining Walls and Swimming Pool Enclosures

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