How high can a fence be in Columbus Ohio

Diana Sawyer

October 17, 2022

When homeowners consider a new fence installation in Columbus Ohio a common question is “How high can I build a fence on my property?”.

The answer depends on where you would like to build your fence.  Also, you will get one answer in the City of Columbus and different answers in the surrounding cities and counties.

Beyond rules imposed by the relevant zoning code you may also have to comply with rules imposed by your HOA.

City of Columbus

Front Yard Fence

In general. the vision clearance requirements in the Columbus zoning code restrict the height of fences to 30 inches in front yards.  

Privacy Fence

You can build a privacy fence 6 feet or less in height without a permit.  If you want to build a privacy fence taller than 6 feet your plan will be reviewed for compliance with Zoning Code before the building permit will be issued.  You will not be able to build a privacy fence over six feet tall in the set back or required side yard for your house.

Franklin County

The Franklin County Zoning Resolution governs fence construction in the unincorporated areas of the county.

Front Yard Fence

In Franklin County no fence between a street and your home can be taller than 42 inches.

Privacy Fence

In Franklin County privacy fences cannot exceed six feet in height.

Communities governed by Franklin County zoning rules includes:

  • Galloway
  • Amlin
  • Blacklick

Canal Winchester

Front Yard Fence

In Canal Winchester front yard fences shall not exceed three feet in height.

Privacy Fence

In Canal Winchester a privacy fence in your rear yard shall not exceed six feet in height.

Dublin

Front Yard Fence

In Dublin a front yard fence cannot exceed four feet in height.

Privacy Fence

In Dublin a privacy fence in your rear yard cannot exceed four feet in height.

Gahanna

Front Yard Fence

In Gahanna a fence in your front yard must be a decorative open style fence and cannot exceed 42 inches in height.

Privacy Fence

In Gahanna a privacy fence in your rear yard cannot exceed six feet in height.

Grove City

Front Yard Fence

In Grove City no fence shall be built between your home’s setback line and the street right-of-line with the following exception:

  • On corner lots and interior lots a decorative split rail fence (with no more than boards) can be built parallel to the lot’s side yard and cannot exceed 42 inches in height.

Privacy Fence

In Grove City a privacy fence in your rear yard cannot exceed six feet in height.

Hilliard

Front Yard Fence

In Hilliard fences are not allowed in front yards.  Only shrubbery and hedges are allowed and cannot exceed three feet in height.

Privacy Fence

In Hilliard a privacy fence in your rear yard cannot exceed six feet in height.

New Albany

Front Yard Fence

In New Albany a front yard fence cannot exceed 54 inches in height.  

Privacy Fence

In New Albany a privacy fence cannot exceed 72 inches in height.

Pataskala

Front Yard Fence

In Pataskala a front yard fence cannot exceed 48 inches in height.

Privacy Fence

In Pataskala a privacy fence in your year yard cannot exceed 72 inches in height.

Pickerington

Front Yard Fence

In Pickerington fences are only allowed in rear and side yards so a fence in your front yard is not an option.

Privacy Fence

In Pickerington a privacy fence in your rear yard is limited to a maximum of six feet in height.

Powell

Front Yard Fence

In Powell a fence in your front yard cannot exceed two and one-half feet.

Privacy Fence

In Powell a privacy fence in your rear yard cannot exceed five feet.

Reynoldsburg

Front Yard Fence

In Reynoldsburg a front yard fence shall be no higher than four feet.

Privacy Fence

In Reynoldsburg a privacy fence in your rear yard shall be no higher than six feet.

Upper Arlington

Front Yard Fence

In Upper Arlington a front yard fence cannot exceed 42 inches in height.

Privacy Fence

In Upper Arlington a privacy fence in your rear yard cannot exceed six feet in height, unless completely located within the buildable area of the property.

Westerville

Front Yard Fence

In Westerville a fence in your front yard cannot exceed 30 inches in height.

Privacy Fence

In Westerville a privacy fence in your rear yard cannot exceed 6 feet in height.

Check with your fence company before repairing or replacing a fence for their experience in each of these jurisdictions.

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