Austin Fence Rules

The City of Austin has put together a page about fences, based on the City Code regarding them. In this article, we’ll go over some Austin fence rules. This should help you with installing a fence by the fence companies in Austin. You want to make sure you’re within these guidelines. If you have questions about them, you can call B.C. Fence. We know Austin’s fence rules very well and can help you navigate them.

When you need a permit

You don’t need a permit to build a fence at or below 7’ of any material such as wood, vinyl, metal or stone. Of course, that’s provided you don’t live in a floodplain hazard area. If you need to find out as to whether you are in a floodplain hazard area, call the Watershed Protection Department at 512-974-2843.

Building a ‘solid’ fence

You can build a ‘solid’ fence between 6’ and 8’ provided that it meets the requirements of City Code 25-2-899 (sections E through G) or you must secure a variance from the City of Austin Board of Adjustment. In either circumstance, the homeowner must get written authorization from all adjacent property owners affected by the fence. If the adjacent property owner is a property of the City of Austin, you will need to go to the Board of Adjustments and ask for a variance.

Ornamental fences

You cannot build a ‘solid’ fence over 8 feet high. According to the code, Section B of City Code 25-2-899, “an ornamental fence is a fence with an open design that has a ratio of solid material to open space of not more than one to four. A solid fence is a fence other than an ornamental fence”. If you don’t understand the difference between the two, just call us at B.C. Fence. We can explain it in depth.

Types of materials to use

The City of Austin does not regulate or prevent the usage of any types of materials in the construction of a fence.

Do you have any more questions? You can call the Development Assistance Center at the City of Austin at (512) 978-4000 or call us at B.C. Fence at 512-284-8716. We can help you with fence rules related to other cities outside of Austin too.

FAQ:

Q: What is the city of Austin fence code?
A: City code is 25 2 899, for more information visit here.

Q: What are the Texas fencing laws?
A: Texas does not have a specific state law that addresses boundary line fences. Cities or property owner associations will often try to regulate things such as fence height, material etc but for disputes involving ownership or maintenance, those will often need to be settled in court if the neighbors cannot come to an agreement on their own. For more information visit here.

Q: Without any permit what should be the height of the fence you build?
A: 7Feet height you can build. (Considering you are not living in floodplain hazard area)

Q: Is there any rule on material we used for the fence?
A: The City of Austin does not regulate or prevent the usage of any types of materials in the construction of a fence. You can use any material such as wood, vinyl, metal or stone.

Q: What are Travis county fence regulations?
A: Travis is the fifth-most populous county in Texas. Its county seat is Austin, the capital of Texas. It follows similar regulations as we have for Austin. For more information visit here.

Q: How high can a fence legally be?
A: You cannot build a “solid” fence over 8 feet high. A fence considered “ornamental” may be built higher than 8 feet.

Q: How high can a residential fence be?
A: For residential fences also you cannot build a “solid” fence over 8 feet high. A fence considered “ornamental” may be built higher than 8 feet.