Fence Codes and Regulations for Bellwood Village, IL
Bellwood, IL is a village community of 20,400 residents located to the west of Chicago. Many residents utilize the convenient Metra commuter rail service to travel to and from Chicago, but enjoy coming home to a less congested community for family life and recreation. Founded in 1900, Bellwood does not impose difficult regulations for homeowners wishing to install fences on their properties, but do restrict fence heights to 6’ and require other specific standards to promote safety and aesthetic appeal in residential areas.
- Building Permit Required? – A building permit is required for all residential fence projects in Bellwood. Permits cost $30 or 1% of total fence construction cost as confirmed by invoice.
- Permit Documents Required:
- Completed permit application.
- Copy of plat of survey showing proposed fence location.
- Description of type and height of proposed fence.
- Evidence of contractor license and bonding valid in Bellwood Village.
- Fence Materials Allowed – Metal, wood, PVC vinyl, and others as approved.
- Fence Styles Allowed – Chain link, semi-privacy and privacy.
- Maximum Height Limits – 6′ maximum height.
- Property Line Issues – Fences may be placed up to lot lines in most cases. Village of Evergreen Park recommends a 6″ setback from line to ensure non-encroachment on neighbor property.
- Bellwood Village Building Authority Contact – Building Department (708) 547-3545
- Village of Bellwood Building Department Website
Specific Fence Ordinances, Rules and Codes
- Front Yard: No front yard fences permitted on any residential lot in Bellwood Village.
- Side Yard: 6′ maximum height.
- Barbed wire, spike topped and electrically charged fencing prohibited on residential property.
- Construction side and supports for fences must face in to permit holder’s lot.
- Fence must be constructed to withstand wind pressure of 20 pounds per square foot.
- At least 1/3 of fence post length must be underground to provide adequate support.
- All underground fence supports must be made of treated, rot resistant material.