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Fence Permit Requirements in Northville

If you would like to obtain a fence permit from the City of Northville, take a look at the list of required documents below. Once you gather all of these documents, drop them off at the office of the building department and they will notify you once the permit is approved or denied.

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!

Click Here to visit the official website for the City of Northville Michigan

It is also very important to note the difference from the City of Northville versus the Township of Northville. Some homeowners will have a house with a Township mailing address but with a jurisdiction of the City of Northville. This can make it a little difficult to find out what you are allowed to have installed.

Permit Application

Use this link to download the fence permit application. This can be used by homeowners, fence companies and contractors alike. 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/layout of the proposed fence must accompany your fence permit application. This proposed layout/drawing will need to include any buildings/structures on the property, any existing fences, walls, etc., and measurements of the proposed fence.

Historic District Approval

If your property is located within the historic district of Northville, you will need to obtain the approval of the historic district before the city building department will approve your fence permit.

Fence Ordinances in Northville Michigan

Below is a brief overview of the fence ordinances for Northville 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 Northville.

Design & Height Requirements

You can install just about any common type of fence in Northville MI that is available to-date (unless you are in the historic district). These common types of fences include vinyl fencing, wood fencing, chain link fence, aluminum fence, and composite fences.

The maximum height for fences being installed in Northville is 6-1/2 feet tall. This is typically created by installing a 6-ft tall fence with up to 6 inches of ground gap clearance for maintaining grass/weeds under the fence.

When installing a fence in Northville, the finished/good side of all fences must face your adjacent neighbor and cannot face your property. This means that all posts and other support components must be installed on your side of the fence while the finished side of the fence must be on your neighbor’s side of the fence)

Fences installed in Northville may not include barbed wire, razor ribbon, or electrical charges with the exception of underground invisible dog fences.

Location Requirements

Residential fences installed in Northville can be installed around your entire back yard and along the sides of your house. They cannot, however, be extended beyond the front corners of your home. The only exception to this is if your property is larger than 3 acres OR has a frontage of at least 200 linear feet AND the fence is no taller than 4-ft tall.

If you live on a corner lot and want to have a fence installed, you must follow all location ordinances for interior lots and also cannot extend a fence beyond the side/front corners of your home (towards the side yard/sidewalk).

It is possible that you could be granted zoning board approval to have your fence extend beyond the corners of your home and towards the sidewalk but this is on a specific case basis and there is no rule-of-thumb to determine the possibility.

Northville Michigan Building Department Info

The Northville 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.


215 W Main Street Northville, Michigan 48167

Phone Number

(248) 349-1300

Driving Directions

The Northville city offices are located in downtown Northville. The building can be found on the south Side of Main St. just about one (1) block west of Center St. Parking may be tricky, but know that there is always extra parking behind the building.