Can I put a fence around my front yard?

Sacramento and Placer Front Yard Fence Rules

We have been getting a lot of new requests from residents wanted to fence in their front yards. It is important for these home and business owners to research the rules for their specific city and property to ensure that the style and maximum fence height that they are want to install is compliant. The California fence law in 2022 varies. Each city and county planning departments have their own specific set of ordinances regulating this. As well, you might have an HOA or similar association that has specific requirements.

California Fence Law 2022 - for Sacramento and surrounding areas

In this article I hope to be able to shed some light on the subject and point you in the right direction to obtain the needed information.

Front Yard Fence Height and Style

Typically, the maximum height for a fence in the front yard is 3 or 4 feet tall depending on the city for a non-see through fence such as a wood or vinyl fencing. At the same time, in most areas you are able to install a 6 foot tall ornamental iron see through fence in the same front yard setback.

No matter the material, many fence ordinances require that fences in the “front yard setback” by of an open face style which means that you can see through them. Many of our customers are confused by this because they want to increase privacy in their front yards and the open or short fence styles do not help them achieve this. To give you a little explanation as to why cities have their ordinances this way, let me explain what I have been told.

As it has been explained to us, the reason that city planning offices want this more open or shorter fence styles is to increase visibility a driver has pulling in and out of the driveway. Per say, if you can’t see a child riding his bike on the sidewalk till its to late, tragedies will happen. Additionally, many city planning departments are trying to keep an open look and feel of their residential communities. Their ordinances help maintain the community feel, versus it starting to look like a bunch of cubed off compounds.

California Fence Law 2022 - Front Fence Laws for Sacramento and surrounding areas

City Fence Ordinances

Each city and county have specific ordinances that define the maximum fence heights and styles of fence that are allowed in front yards. You will find that in general Ornamental Iron fences are allowed to be taller than wood or vinyl privacy fences. Additionally, you might find in general that a lot of cities are moving away from allowing chain link in front yard setbacks.

Make sure to check the City of Sacramento setback requirements, or the city you reside in. Here are a few of the local cities that we get questions about recently:

Sacramento City

Sacramento County




Elk Grove



Rancho Cordova

West Sacramento

Ultimately, the specific regulations vary depending on where you live, which is why it’s always a good idea to double-check with your city planning department and HOA before getting a new fence.

For more direct links to city planning departments, you can obtain more information here.

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