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​Lockport, il Fence Installation Guidelines

If you plan to replace an existing fence or have a new fence installed for the first time, there are some rules and regulations set forth by the City of Lockport, IL that you need to follow during the fence installation process. 

  • When it comes to the side and rear of your yard, the maximum allowable height of the fence is 6 feet for residential properties. If you are looking to have a fence installed in a commercial or industrial zoned area, then you can install a fence up to 8 feet in height. 
  • Concerning the front yard, the maximum allowable height of the fence is 4 feet tall (48" inches) and the fence must be 50% open when constructed with wrought iron or split rail style fences. 
  • In the City of Lockport, Illinois, fence companies cannot install chain link fence in the front of your yard.
  • Please keep in mind that the total length of the fence cannot exceed 50% of the width of the lot upon completion of your fence installation. 
  • When it comes to corner-side yards, the fence must meet the front yard requirements, or you must have it installed 15 feet OR one-half the distance (whichever is less), between the house and the corner side property line. 
  • Your local fence company must dig the holes 42" inches into the ground measured from the grade of your yard surrounding each fence post hole. 

​Public Easement Requirements in The City of lockport, IL

​The City of Lockport has special rules when it comes to fence installation in or around easements. Your new fence cannot modify or hinder any drainage areas over and around public utility and drainage easements. Most fence companies know these rules, if you plan to have a fence installed in an easement area, it is best to reach out to the city, because in some cases, there can be additional special rules and restrictions in those areas.

​Additional Rules Concerning Fences for lockport, illinois

  • You are not allowed to install barbed wire fences, electric fences, or fences that have sharp points near the top of the fence. 
  • Please keep in mind that the finished side of the fence must face outward and all 2x4's and fence posts must be in the interior of your fence.
  • It is the homeowners' responsibility (not the fence company or the city) to know exactly where the property lines are before you begin the fence installation process. The City of Lockport does not verify where your property lines start and end during the fence permit approval process. 

Contractor Registration in the city of lockport, il

It is essential to know when selecting a local fence company to complete work on our property that all contractors must register with the city before beginning any fence installations inside the city limits. If the fence contractor you have chosen to work with is not registered, you will not be able to obtain a permit. When applying for your fence permit, you will need to submit a copy of the City of Lockport Certificate of Registration; otherwise, your application will end in a denial. Please note, if you plan to do the work as the homeowner, registration is not required.

Lockport, il ​Fence Permit Requirements

​When you apply for your fence permit, you will need to provide a copy of your Plat of Survey, showing exactly where you plan to have the fence installed. You will need to mark all the dimensions of the proposed fence installation. If there is an existing fence in place, you will need to mark it with x-x-x-x, and then you will have to mark where you plan to mark the new fence with xxxx markings. They will also want to know the style of fence you plan to have installed, including the type of material, such as wood, vinyl, or aluminum your fence company intends to use in your backyard.

Fence Application for the city of lockport, il

You will need to complete a fence application to apply for a permit. The City of Lockport will want necessary details such as your name, phone number, address, etc. They will want to know the proposed height of the fence, and it's estimated value. You will need to mark whether you live inside the Historic District of Lockport, as there are special rules and regulations for fence installation inside the district. The will want to know the name of your fence company and their registration number. Again, you will have to attach a copy of their City of Lockport Certificate of Registration with your application. They will also want to know if your subdivision has special rules in their covenant regarding fences and whether or not you have already received approval from your homeowners' association. Once you have provided the information above, you will need to sign and date the application and submit it for approval.

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 Lockport, please see their contact details below and reach out to them directly.

additional Lockport, illinois Resources

The City of Lockport Website - Residential Applications

Learn More About Lockport

Map of Lockport

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