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Fence Permit Requirements in Plymouth Michigan

Applying for a permit in Plymouth is not hard, as long as you have all of the required documents. After applying for a fence permit, you will need to wait for the plan reviewer to take a look at your permit paperwork and approve, or deny, your permit. Once approved, you will be able to pick up the permit and start your project. 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 cost of a permit in the City of Plymouth is $75 ($60 permit fee + $15 plan review fee)

Click Here to visit the official website for the city of Plymouth

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

Three (3) 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.

Neighbor Approval Signature(s)

If you have a neighboring property that shares a property line where you will be installing your fence, you must have that neighbor fill out this form and submit it with your permit application. Each sharing neighbor must fill out a form. (NOTE: This document is include in the ‘permit application’ download.)

Fence Ordinances in Plymouth Michigan

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

Design & Height Requirements

All fences that we offer at Superior Fence are approved fence types and styles in Plymouth. These include vinyl fencing, wood fencing, chain link fence and aluminum fences. You are also allowed to install most current styles such as privacy fences, picket fences, and ornamental fencing.

The maximum height for privacy fences in Plymouth is 6 feet tall and the max height for non-privacy fencing is 4 feet tall. The only exception to this may be if you are an adjacent neighbor to a commercial property in which case you may be allowed a max height of 8-ft.

All wood and vinyl picket fences in Plymouth must be designed using a 1″x3″ picket with 3″ picket spacing and no less than a 90 degree angle for the picket top. This is to prevent having too sharp of picket caps. Ornamental aluminum fences (sometimes called picket fences) are the exception to this in regards to picket width but still cannot have sharp picket tops.

The finished side of all fences installed in Plymouth must face your adjacent neighbor and not your property. This means that all posts must be located on your side of the fence and the finished build side of the fence must face your property. This ordinance does not apply to fence types and styles that are the same on both sides (such as our vinyl fencing).

Location Requirements

Fences installed in backyards in Plymouth may be installed around the entire back yard and along the sides of your home. These fences cannot extend further forward beyond the front corners of the house or into the front yard.

Fences on corner lots may extend into the side yard, no closer than 3-ft away from the side property line and not extending beyond the rear face of the house (when running towards the front of the house).

Plymouth Michigan Building Department Info

The Plymouth 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.


201 S. Main Street Plymouth, Michigan 48170

Phone Number

(734) 453-1234

Driving Directions

The Plymouth city offices are located in downtown Plymouth directly on Main street, next door to the public library and across the street from the Plymouth Historical Museum. Don’t forget to stop by Dairy King to grab an ice cream on your way home.