A fence is a barrier that encloses an area or divides all or parts of a property. It can include a hedge, a wall, and/or posts connected by wood, chain link or wrought iron. The City of Hamilton’s Fence By-law No.10-142 provides the requirements for fences on residential, commercial and industrial zoned properties.
Do I Need a Building Permit?
You do not need a Building Permit to construct a fence unless you are installing a swimming pool or replacing an existing pool enclosure (fence).
Speak with your neighbour(s) before you begin construction on a fence, as this may save you time, money and possible frustration. If there is a dispute between neighbours regarding a fence, the City is unable to get involved. It is a civil matter and may need to be resolved through the legal system.