In a village as beautiful as Milwaukee, keeping fence codes and permits up to date is important. Fence installations come with stringent regulations and guidelines. While considering the addition of a fence to your home or business, keep the following details in mind:
What fence materials are allowed in Milwaukee?
Fences in Milwaukee must be built with approved fence wire, wood, vinyl, or metal such as wrought iron. The City of Milwaukee prohibits fences built with scrap lumber, plywood sheets, snow fence, chicken wire, wood pallets, or other unapproved materials.
Can I build a fence in Milwaukee’s historic district?
Before you build a fence in Milwaukee, you must obtain a fence permit, and if you live in Milwaukee’s historic district you must get a Certificate of Appropriateness before you can get a fence permit. You can call the Milwaukee Historic Preservation office at (414) 286-5712 to learn more.
Are there limits on fence height in Milwaukee?
The maximum allowable height of a fence in Milwaukee depends on its location on your lot and on the fence style or material. A fence located in the front yard may not exceed a height of 4’, with limited exceptions. A fence located in a side yard (between houses) may not exceed a height of 4’, unless all portions of the fence higher than 4’ are at least 50% open construction (e.g. lattice).
For corner lots, the side of the house with a narrower street frontage is typically considered the “front” of the lot, no matter which way the house faces. The portion of the lot located on each side of your house is considered the “side” yard. Peerless Fence can help ensure your Milwaukee fence installation abides by all local rules and regulations.
What is the cost of a fence permit in Milwaukee?
The cost of a fence permit (in 2018) is a total of $31.40 ($25 fence permit, $0.40 IT and Training Surcharge and $.00 processing fee).
Can I build a multicolor fence in Milwaukee?
The City of Milwaukee requires fences to be uniform in color. Two colors are allowed if the fence is painted, stained or otherwise properly finished.
This is just a sample of the rules that apply to Milwaukee fencing. Because the city maintains that adherence to codes and inspections is the responsibility of property owners, for your convenience, links to additional information are at the top of this page.
But if you don’t have the time and energy to keep on top of these regulations, we’ve got your back. Peerless is an expert in Milwaukee's fencing regulations and can help you stay up to code.