Fence Permit & Inspections

General Information

A fence permit is required for the construction of any fence in the City of Saint Paul. This includes obscuring (e.g., wood privacy, picket), non-obscuring (e.g., chain link, wrought iron), and barbed-wire fences. A homeowner may do the work. If a contractor is hired by a homeowner, the contractor is responsible for obtaining the proper permit and license.

Application Requirements

If the application is complete, the permit can be issued when the application is made. The process takes about 15 minutes.

Additional Information


Fences and all supporting structures including footings must be on the applicant's property. It is the applicant's responsibility to determine where the property line is. If a reliable reference for establishing the lot lines is not present, the Building Inspector may order that a land survey be made. If there are any questions, please call 651-266-9002 between 7:30 am and 9:00 am and discuss any problems with the Building Inspector for your area before starting construction. Fees



First 200 lineal feet of fencing or fraction thereof


Each additional 100 lineal feet or fraction thereof


Expiration/Renewal Construction under a fence permit must commence within 180 days. Once started, it must be completed within 180 days Questions Please contact Building Plan Review for further assistance at 651-266-9007