Chicagoland – Fence Codes and Rules in Major Chicago Suburbs

The greater Chicago metro area, often called Chicagoland, has a population of almost 10 million. It is the third largest metropolitan area in the United States, and is home to a diversified economic base that creates a Gross Regional Product (GRP) of more than $560 billion. Housing in this area is extremely varied, but single-family homes make up an enormous segment both in Chicago and in the many suburbs that are home to families of all income ranges. Owners of those homes and real estate investors who own rental properties have a strong interest in maintaining and increasing the value of their investments. Home improvement projects, including fences, drive a strong economy of contractors and building supply businesses.

Each community in Chicagoland has its own unique makeup and attitudes toward its neighborhoods. Because of that, regulations, ordinances and codes relating to residential fences vary widely. The Building or Community Development departments of every city have established rules and specifications for building projects that are in keeping with the desires of each community. It can be difficult, though, for homeowners to discover what those rules are. Often, they are buried in city ordinances and can be difficult to find. Here, you will find the codes and regulations for each city into a standard format that is easy to understand. The building codes information for every suburb of Chicago with a population over 50,000 is listed here.

County-by-County Fence Codes and Rules in Chicagoland

Fence Codes and Regulations Are Always Subject to Change

Here, you’ll find information about each city, along with an easy-to-understand listing of current regulations, ordinances and codes regarding residential fences. You can use these as guidelines when planning your project and when discussing your ideas with contractors. This website is based on careful research into each city’s ordinances and rules and represents current information as accurately as possible. However, building codes and city ordinances change from time to time. Since you’ll need a building permit from your own city, check with your local building authority to make sure you have the current rules that apply to your plans. You’ll find telephone numbers and links for each Building Department’s website on each city’s page on this website.