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Fence Permit Requirements in Farmington MI.

Before you can install a fence in the city of Farmington, a permit must first be obtained. In order to obtain a fence permit you must gather all of the required documents (listed below) and submit them to the building department for review. Permits are typically reviewed and approved with 7-10 business days. At Superior Fence, we will take care of all the permit paperwork for you if choose to hire our fence company to install your project!

The fence permit fee for the city of Farmington is $50.00 + $15.00 per $1,000 to $100,000 increment of the proposed fence project. 

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Permit Application

Use this link to download the fence permit application. Fill out the application with details regarding your property and proposed fence. Once completely filled out and signed, turn it into the building department.

Proposed Layout (x2)

Two (2) copies of a detailed drawing of the proposed fence must accompany your fence permit application. This proposed layout will need to include any buildings or structures on the property, any existing fences, and measurements of the proposed fence.

Do I need a Neighbor Consent?…

The City of Farmington ordinance does not allow two fences to be adjacent to one another (must be over 10’ apart). Any existing fence that divides two properties must be removed. The fence project will require written consent from adjacent neighbors that are affected by the new proposed fence. It is also important to note that the city will require the cement plugs to be removed out of the ground from the existing fence.

Do I need a Survey?…

Normally, you do not need a property survey or mortgage survey. But there is an exception to this rule… If there are no existing fence that determine the property line then the city will require a survey or mortgage to verify the location of the fence is on your property. The other option is to find the original property stakes that are in the ground (iron rod).

Fence Ordinances in Farmington Michigan

Below is a brief overview of the fence ordinances for Farmington Michigan. This is not a complete or definite list and should never be used in support of a dispute. Click here to review the complete document of codes and ordinances regarding fences in Farmington.

Design, Height  and Location Requirements

You can install almost all common types of fence in Farmington such as; vinyl, wood, chain link, aluminum, and composite fences. You are also allowed to build just about any common fence design such as privacy fences, picket fences, and ornamental fencing. The only major thing to remember is that fences installed in a backyard (not past the rear corners of the house) can be a maximum of 6′-2″ in height and any fence installed along the side of the house (beyond the rear corners of the house) can only be a maximum of 4-ft tall.

The finished/smooth side of all fences installed in Farmington must face outward toward your adjacent neighbor(s). This means that all of the posts and rails must be installed on your side of the fence and the finished side (good side) of the fence must face towards your neighbors yard.

Fences can be installed along the rear property lines up to the front corner of your home. However, you can only go a maximum of 4-ft tall on the side of the house and cannot extend forward of the front corners of your home.

The City of Farmington Building Department Info

The Farmington building department is where you will find information that you need in regards to having your new fence installed. Details regarding permits, ordinances, and property information can be obtained here.


23600 Liberty Street Farmington, Michigan 48335

Phone Number

(248) 474-5500

Driving Directions

The Farmington city offices are located on the South side of Grand River Avenue just West of Farmington Road.