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A fence is a structure accessory to and customarily incidental to the principal use of a property. It is erected within a rear, side or front yard as a barrier, divider or enclosure. It must be constructed of materials manufactured for such purpose. Fences can be located up to the property line and do not require a building permit, but must comply with standards set forth in the zoning ordinance. The height of a residential fence depends on its location relative to the house. The fence diagram below illustrates the maximum fence height for a residential application. Consult the Zoning Department at 715-839-4914 or if your rear yard abuts a neighbor's front yard or if you have any questions.

Fence Pamphlet (pdf)

Fence Diagram (pdf)

Additional Things to Remember about Fences:

•The height requirements also apply to closely grown hedges in the vision triangle.

•The "finished" surface of wood or screening fence shall be installed facing the exterior of the lot which is viewed by the neighbors.

•Fencing requirements for commercial and industrial districts differ from those in residential districts. Consult the Zoning Department before you proceed.

•Barb wire fences and electric fences are generally not permitted. Consult the Inspection Services Division before you proceed.

•Contact Diggers Hotline before you start your fence project!