A Zoning Fence Permit is needed to install a fence on residential or nonresidential property. Fences that are made of wood, metal or masonry products follow this process for approval unless the masonry construction creates a wall higher than four feet. To construct a wall greater than four feet in height, a construction permit is required.
Expected Processing Time
- Certificate of Appropriateness is required if the structure is located in a local historic district or is a Guilford County Historic Landmark.
Approvals or Permits Issued
- Issuance of a Zoning Fence Permit by the Development Services Center
- The permit lists all required inspections
- Completed Zoning Fence Permit Application (PDF) submitted to the Development Services Center or online through Accela Citizen Access (ACA).
- Application fee
- A plot plan illustrating the fence location on the lot relative to buildings, property lines, easements and street right-of-way. See the Residential Fence Standards (PDF) for a list of requirements and an example.
- The proposed fence must comply with the Development Ordinance fence regulations, which include height standards and not being located:
- In any street right-of-way
- In any flood hazard area without flood damage prevention approval
- In any easement or protected drainage area (PDA), unless approved by the easement holder
- Payment of required permit fee.
- Applicant is authorized to obtain the permit.
- Upon meeting all permit requirements, the applicant is entitled to a Zoning Fence Permit.
- Projects are assigned a Case Manager to act as the point of contact and assist with managing the project through the permit review process.
Expected Processing Time
- Within 2 business days of receipt of an application the Planning & Development Department will determine whether an application is complete or incomplete.
- If the application is incomplete, then the applicant will be notified within those 2 business days with a written list of application deficiencies.
- If the application is complete, then it shall be considered submitted.
- Approximately 5 business days from submittal of a complete application the Planning & Development Department will approve, approve subject to conditions, or disapprove the application in accordance with review standards of the Development Ordinance.
- The application will be approved upon the determination that it meets all applicable review standards of the Development Ordinance.
- If the permit application is approved subject to conditions, the applicant may submit a revised application to show conformance with the conditions of approval or address the comments.
- If the application does not meet the review standards of the Development Ordinance, it will be denied with comments and the applicant may appeal or revise the application addressing the comments.
- Any revised application will be reviewed and decided within 5 business days of submittal.
- If the applicant appeals a denial, it will be considered in accordance with the appeal provisions of the Development Ordinance.
- All permit fees are due prior to permit issuance
- See the Development Fee Schedule (PDF) for specific fees
- Payment types accepted: Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and Check or Money Order payable to the City of High Point
- Online (ACA) payment types accepted: Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and E-check