Fence locations and maximum height
You may not need a permit to build a fence in most cases, but the maximum height depends on where it will be located on your property.
If the fence is in the back yard or side yard it must be:
- Maximum 2 metres high
- If your backyard is next to a neighbour’s front yard, the fence must be open construction if it’s within 4.5 metres of the neighbour’s driveway
If the fence is in the front yard it must be:
- Maximum 1 metre high
- Maximum 1.6 metres high if open construction
If the fence is on a corner lot, it must be maximum 1 metre high if open construction.
Boundary line fences
A boundary line or division fence is located on the lot line between two properties. Any disputes related to the location or price of the fence must be settled between the property owners.
Although the City does not get involved in division fence disputes, here are some resources to help you come to an agreement with your neighbour:
- A step-by-step guide to the Division Fence Procedure
- Let your neighbour know that you intend to build a division fence with a Notice of Intent Sample Letter
- Advise your neighbour the fence has been constructed and request payment with a Notice of Completion Sample Letter
For more information, check the Line Fences Act.
All fences on private property must be kept in good repair according to the by-law.
If you see a damaged or dilapidated fence you can report a neglected property or call 311 (905-615-4311 outside City limits).