Fence Permits

Residential Fence Permits

To determine if you need a residential fence permit, answer these questions:

  • Is there an existing fence?
    • If no, you will need a permit. See the fence permitting process below for necessary drawings and information.
    • If yes, read the next paragraph and answer the questions below.

If you answered "yes" to any of the questions below, you will need a fence permit.

  • Will the height be changed? Will the location be changed? Will the fence material change?
    • If you answered yes to any of the above questions, your project requires a permit.
    • If you answered no to all questions, the project is considered to be a repair and does not require a permit.

Fence Permitting Process

Items needed for a fence permit:

  • $30 permit fee
  • Site Plan (a survey or a drawing by hand is acceptable) uploaded to CSS

 The site plan must show:

  • Property lines
  • Location of fence
  • Height of fence
  • Fence material (e.g., wood, wrought iron, etc.)
  • Fence builder (homeowner or contractor name)
  • Location of house

Apply for a Residential Fence Permit online


  • The maximum height for fences in the rear yard is 8'6".
  • The maximum height for fences in the front yard is 48", and the fence must be at least 50% open.
  • Fences enclosing a pool / spa are subject to pool barrier requirements and require inspection. 
  • You may need to contact your homeowner's association for additional requirements from deed restrictions or covenants.
  • To ensure safety, please be sure to call 1-800-DIG-TESS (1-800-344-8377) before you dig, so the utility companies can mark underground electrical lines, gas lines, etc.

Commercial Fence Permits

For commercial fence permits, please call 972-547-7400 and ask to speak with a commercial plans examiner. The plans examiner will determine whether you need a fence permit or not.

Retaining Walls

A permit for any retaining wall is required in the City of McKinney, regardless of height. Retaining walls more than two feet in height require engineered plans. For questions about retaining walls, please call 972-547-7400 and ask to speak with a plans examiner.