A fence is a structure that encloses an area, typically outdoors, and is usually constructed from posts that are connected by boards, rails or netting. A fence differs from a wall in not having a solid foundation along its whole length. Fences are constructed for a variety of reasons. They are generally used to restrict the movement of people and animals into or out of a parcel of land. Often they are placed to denote boundaries, delineate specific-use areas, provide privacy or for aesthetic reasons. Common fence types are split rail, picket, board-on-board or chain link. Fences may be constructed of any approved materials, including pressure-treated wood, aluminum and vinyl.
For aesthetic purposes, the Zoning Ordinance prohibits the location of support posts and rails on the exterior side of the fence. All structural (vertical and horizontal) rails/posts need to face the inside of the lot per CB-4-2016, so the “finished” looking side of the fence faces externally.
Fences taller than 4 feet require a permit. Fences 4 feet and under do not need a permit unless:
- HISTORICAL/PROTECTED AREA
If your property is in a Historical area or within the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Overlay, a Historical Area Work Permit, which is separate from a building permit, is required, as well as approval of allowable work materials.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR CORNER LOTS
Fences within 25 feet of each side of the corner may not be taller than 3 feet per Prince George’s County Zoning Code, Section 27-421. – Corner lot obstructions:
On a corner lot, NO VISUAL OBSTRUCTION MORE THAN THREE (3) FEET HIGH (above the curb level) shall be located within the triangle formed by the intersection of the street lines and points on the street lines twenty-five (25) feet from the intersection.
Application and Supporting Documents Permit Applications must be entered online.
Who Can Apply
- Owner: Property Owner name must match Maryland State Assessment records or Proof of Ownership must be submitted. Proof of Ownership: Deed and Deed Recording Receipt from Clerk of the Circuit Court for Prince George's County.
- Agent: Applicants that are not the property owner or MHIC contractor must submit the following document:
Homeowner Improvement Authorization Letter (PDF)
- Contractor: Must have Maryland Home Improvement Commission license
Plans and Drawings Requirements
- Please Review: "Minimum Plan Submission Requirements for Residential Projects."
- Site Plan (Signed & Sealed): Need 3 copies, showing location of project.
- Architectural/Structural Drawings: (Signed and Sealed not required.)
Processing and Reviewing Agencies
Bring 3 copies of the entered online application, necessary support documents, and required plans and drawings to the Permit Center.
Select "eplan" on the online application and upload required documents.
Minimum Fee: $110.00
Fee Calculation (if higher than minimum): $110 + Grading Fee + $5 (M–NCPPC)
All permitting fees are assessed an additional five percent (5%) Technology Fee. Fees are subject to change based on County codes.
Following agencies' approval of plans/drawings and payment of fees, a permit is issued. A permit may be revoked if issued in error. A permit may be void if construction has not started, has been suspended or discontinued.
Modifications to the permit, plans, or drawing require a Permit Revision. Permit Revision applications cannot be entered online. The revised application, plans and drawings must be submitted in the Permits Center, using the following two forms:
If approved, permits that expire or require more time to complete, may be renewed or extended by using the following form.
Inspections must be requested and conducted at least once every six months until the completion of the fence when a final inspection is performed and approved. Visit our Inspections Division pages to schedule an inspection.
- No permit is required for fences 4 feet high or shorter.
- "Currently, the Zoning Ordinance does not provide regulations to prevent fences from being constructed 'inside out.' This legislation amends the regulations, for aesthetic purposes, to prohibit the location of support posts and rails on the exterior side of the fence."
- Fences may not be placed so as to encroach on easements of any kind or on State or County rights-of-way. If you are on a corner lot, you may not locate a fence taller than 36" (3 ft.) within 25 feet of the point of intersection on your property lines abutting the street(s).