Fence Permits Are Required
It's essential to keep in mind, as a resident of the City of Palos Heights, you're required to obtain a building permit before a fence company can install a fence in your backyard. The City wants to make sure that all Building Codes are observed and maintained during the fence installation process. The Building Codes make sure that improvements made to your home, such as your next fence, meet the minimum safety and structural standards. On the City of Palos Heights' website, you can see a complete list of available permit applications, and there you can download the fence permit application.
Fence Permit Application Process
Whether you are replacing an existing fence or having a new fence installed for the first time, you are going to need a fence permit. To move forward with your next fence installation project, you are going to need to download, complete, sign/submit a fence permit application. The City of Palos Heights will request necessary details, such as name, address, phone number, etc. But at this point in the process, you will also need to provide the name of the fence contractor you plan to have complete the work. You have to use a fence company that is registered to perform fence installation in the City of Palos Heights.
More Fence Permit Details
The City will want to know what type of fence you plan to have installed. What kinds of materials the fence company intends to use during the fence installation process. They will want to know the proposed height of the fence from the ground to the highest section of the fence. Is your home located on a corner lot? If so, its always a good idea to call the building department, as there are usually special rules and regulations for properties on corner lots. The City of Palos Heights will also want to know the total cost of the fence project.
Fence Permit Submittal Requirements
The City will ask you to submit a copy of your Plat of Survey showing the proposed location of the fence. We recommend that you use a yellow highlighter to mark precisely where you plan to have the fence installed as it relates to your lot lines. The City wants to verify that your new fence is installed on your property and not your neighbors. It's also important to keep in mind that the finished side of the fence must face outward towards your neighbors. All posts and 2x4's must be kept in the interior of the yard. Fence companies are not allowed to install back to back fence in the City of Palos Heights.
Fence Installation Requirements
In the City of Palos Heights, the maximum allowable height of a fence is 6' feet tall. And if you are the owner of a pool, it is required that you have at least a 6' fence installed surrounding the pool. All the postholes that the fence company digs in your backyard must be at least 42" inches below the grade of your yard. Either you, or the fence company you choose to work with, must set up a post hole inspection, and the City must sign off on the depths of each hole. You can call the Building Department to set up the inspection, make sure you contact them at least 24 hours in advance. The good news is, most fence companies now handle this process for you. You need to make sure that your new fence does not impede any drainage on your property. Once your fence installation is complete, you will need to set up a final inspection so that the City of Palos Heights can sign off on your finished project.
Still Have Questions?
If you have questions or concerns about your upcoming fence installation with Illinois Fence Company, please feel free to call, text, or email us at any time. If you need to speak with the City of Palos Heights, please see their contact details below and reach out to them directly.