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Fence Permit Requirements in Royal Oak

It is easy to get a fence permit in Royal Oak. Simply get all of the required documents together (see below) and then submit them to the building department. They will review the proposed plans and approve the permit accordingly. This typically takes 7-10 business days. The fence permit can also be applied for online through the BSA websiteAt 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 for a fence permit in Royal Oak is $65.

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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.

Fence Ordinances in Royal Oak Michigan

Below is a brief overview of the fence ordinances for Royal Oak 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 Royal Oak.

Design & Height Requirements

In Royal Oak, you can pretty much have any common type and style of fence installed at your property. This includes types like vinyl fencing, wood fencing, aluminum fence, and chain link fence. Styles allowed also include privacy fencing, picket fences, and ornamental fences.

The maximum height for fences installed in a backyard in Royal Oak is 6 feet tall, while fences installed in a front yard have a maximum height of 4 feet tall. Backyard fences can be any of the fence styles mentioned in the previous paragraph, however, front yard fences must be non-privacy (non-sight-obscuring) and they need to meet pedestrian and vehicle traffic visibility ordinances.

When installing a fence in Royal Oak, you can install the fence to where the finished/smooth side of the fence faces either your property or your neighbor’s property. This is an ordinance that has recently changed, it used to be required that the finished side of the fence face your neighbors property.

Location Requirements

Backyard fences installed in Royal Oak can be installed along all rear property lines and along the sides of your house, but not extending beyond the front corners of the house. The potential exception to this is if your fence is a non-privacy fence and no taller than 4-ft tall. However, this is up to the discretion of the city inspector.

If you live on a corner lot, you may install your fence around your rear property and into your side/front yard (towards the side street) as long as you stay at least 1-ft away from the public sidewalk and your fence meets all traffic and pedestrian visibility requirements. This usually will require a 10×10′ setback from any driveways or garages to provide clearance for vehicles.

Royal Oak Michigan building Department Info

The Royal Oak 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.


211 Williams Street Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

Phone Number

(248) 246-3000

Driving Directions

The Royal Oak city offices are located in downtown Royal Oak, on the East side of Main Street, just South of 11 Mile Rd.

If you look for a Fence Installation Company in Royal Oak Michigan, please give us a call, we would love to help!