Fences Project Checklist

Required Permits

You need a building permit if the fence is 6 feet tall or taller, or if the fence is serving as a pool barrier.

Application Submission Requirements

  • Client Registration Form (PDF) - required if the permit is being applied for by a contractor who has never performed work in Chesterfield County before
  • Residential Building Permit Application (PDF)
  • Plot plan showing setbacks from existing and proposed improvements. Acceptable plot plans contain the following:
    • Entire property, showing all property line dimensions
    • Existing dwelling, any other existing structures and location of proposed structure (all dimensions of proposed structure clearly indicated). For proposed accessory structures, indicate the overall height.
    • Setbacks from the closest point of the proposed structure to property lines in each direction. Label the measurements from each property line to the closest point on the structure. Be as exact as possible and label the name of road clearly.
  • Construction plans (2 or more copies) - One set will be returned to the applicant with the issued permit.
  • Residential Plans Review Delivery Form (PDF) - Indicates whether you would like the permit and forms mailed to you or held for three days at the Building Inspection office for you to pick up.
  • Permit and other related fee payments

Construction Plan Requirements (2 or more copies)

General Requirements for all Construction Drawings

  • Numbered - Number each plan sheet.
  • Scale - Draw structural plans to architectural scale (typically 1/4 inches, 3/16 inches or 1/8 inches).
  • Legible - Make sure the plans are neat and legible (no handwritten notes).
  • Orientation - Lay out all drawings in the same orientation (portrait or landscape).
  • General construction elevation drawing showing:
    • Height from grade to top of fence.
    • Size and spacing of all support and framing members.
    • Foundation details.