Fence Codes and Ordinances for Wheeling Village, IL
The Village of Wheeling, a Chicago suburb, primarily located in the Cook County. A family-oriented community of nearly 38,000 residents, about 32% of households have children under 18. All fence installation companies and homeowners need to obtain a permit prior to building a fence on any residential lot. Front-yard fences are allowed, as long as they don’t exceed 3′ in height for privacy style and 4′ for open style. A pre-construction site review is necessary. An inspection after construction is required.
- Building Permit Required? – A building permit is required for all residential fence projects in Wheeling. Permits average $24.
- Permit Documents Required:
- Completed permit application.
- Copy of plat of survey showing proposed location.
- Signed and notarized easement agreement from applicant or property owner.
- Description of type and height of proposed fence.
- Authorization letter from HOA if building restrictions are in covenant.
- Evidence of contractor license valid in Wheeling.
- Inspector pre-construction site check.
- Utility line location check via JULIE at 8-1-1 or 1-800-892-0123 48 hours prior to construction.
- Permit terms acceptance agreement signed by applicant.
- Fence Materials Allowed – Aluminum, wrought iron, steel, wood and others as approved.
- Fence Styles Allowed – Chain link, privacy, picket and semi-privacy, rail, stockade and board on board.
- Maximum Height Limits – Solid style: 6’ maximum height for back yard, 3’ for front yard. Open style: 6’ maximum back yard, 4’ front yard.
- Property Line Issues – Fences may be placed up to lot lines in most cases.
- Inspections Needed – Pre-construction site check and plan review are required, as well as final inspection.
- Wheeling Village Building Authority Contact – Community Development Department at (847) 459-2620.
- Wheeling Village Building Department Website.
Specific Fence Rules, Codes and Restrictions
- 42” post hole depth highly recommended.
- Barbed wire and electrically charged fencing prohibited on residential property.
- Construction side and supports for fences must face in to permit holder’s lot.
- Used fencing installations not permitted.
- Fences may not obstruct swale drainage. If constructed on drain area, bottom must be 4” from grade.
- Grade changes not permitted.
- Fences connected to neighbor fence require written permission from landowner.