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Fence Permit Requirements in Southfield, MI.

The permit process at the City of Southfield is a bit complicated. You should make sure you have ALL of the documents mentioned below, properly filled out/signed before visiting the city office or you will be finding yourself making another trip. 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 in Southfield is $125 + $50 bond for the final inspection.

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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.

Property Stake Survey

A stake/property survey is required in order to apply for and obtain a fence permit. You must indicate on a copy of the survey where you plan to install the fence. Under some rare occasions the city may allow it to pass with neighbor signatures, but they are a bit strict with this one. Property pins must be located/found on the survey or it will not be accepted.

Specs of Proposed Fence

A photo and spec sheet of your proposed fence is required in order to apply for a fence permit. If you have a clear enough photo, you may be able to draw the specs onto your photo. If not, you will need to include a manufacturers spec sheet along with the photo of the proposed fence.

Fence Ordinances in Southfield Michigan

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

Design & Height Requirements

The city of Southfield Michigan has recently changed some of their fence ordinances. For the most part, all common fence types are allowed including; vinyl fencing, wood fencing, aluminum, and vinyl coated chain link fence (galvanized/silver chain link fencing is no longer allowed). Fence styles allowed include privacy fencing, picket fences, and ornamental fences.

If the fence that you are installing has a “finished side”, this finished side must face your adjacent neighbors rather than your own property. This means that the posts and rails of your fence must be installed facing the inside of your backyard.

Stockade wood fencing (the cheap stuff that is prebuilt) is not allowed to be installed within the city of Southfield. It is also important to note that galvanized chain link (the silver chain link fence you see everywhere) is no longer allowed. If you still want chain link, you must install a vinyl coated chain link fence instead. Common colors for vinyl coated chain link are black, brown and green.

Location Requirements

Fences can be installed around your entire back yard as well as along the sides of your house, but not extending beyond the front corners of your house. The maximum height for a backyard fence is 6 feet tall. You may however, install a fence in your front yard as long as it is not taller than 30-inches and not more than 16-ft in length.

If you live on a corner lot you must install your fence in the back/side yard only. you are not allowed to extend the fence beyond the front face of the house on the front or side of the house. This means that your fence cannot extend toward the sidewalk beyond the front/side corner of your home.

Southfield Michigan Building Department Info

The Southfield 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.


26000 Evergreen Road Southfield, Michigan 48076

Phone Number

(248) 796-4100

Driving Directions

The Southfield city offices are located on the East side of Evergreen Road, less than one (1) mile South of I-696. They can be found just behind City Centre Park and the Southfield Public Library.