Fence Codes and Regulations for Palos Hills, IL
The CIty of Palos Hills, IL is a suburban community of 17,500 persons located in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Primarily a farming region prior to the construction of an airplane factory nearby during WWII, Palos Hills was incorporated as a city in 1958 and has grown to become a prosperous and desirable residential community within the Chicagoland Region.
- Building Permit Required? – A building permit is required for all residential fence projects in Palos Hills. Obtain current permit fee info from Building Department prior to application.
- 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 valid in village
- Inspector site check
- Fence Materials Allowed – metal, wood, others as approved
- Fence Styles Allowed – Chain link, solid, semi-open
- Maximum Height Limits – 6’ maximum height
- Property Line Issues – Fences may be placed up to lot lines in most cases
- Palos Hills Building Authority Contact – 708-598-3400
- Palos Hills Building Department Website
Specific Fence Ordinances, Rules and Codes
- Front Yard Fences: No front yard fences permitted on any residential lot beyond the building front line.
- Side and Rear Yard Fences: 6′ maximum height
- Line of Sight Obstruction: Walls, fences and plantings and points of ingress and egress must not impair sight of vehicular and pedestrian traffic on public and private streets, sidewalks, and alleys.
- Fence Installed Next To Existing Fence: Fence installed parallel to existing fence must be no less than 3’ from existing fence, and fence owner is responsible for yard maintenance in enclosed area between fences.
- Barbed wire and electrically charged fencing prohibited on residential property
- Construction side and supports for fences must face in to permit holder’s lot
- Fences may not impede natural water drainage
- 1/3 of the height of a fencepost must be underground
- Fences must be designed to withstand 20 lbs per square foot of wind pressure
- Fence posts, supports and structures must be treated to prevent deterioration