Replacing your Fence

An Architectural Approval Request must be submitted for retrofit or modification of an existing fence and for the construction of any new fence. Refer to the following guidelines when planning your fence project.

  • A solid (not see-through) redwood fence is the only approved fence type for dividing the front yard from the backyard. This is the only fence type that may be used when any fence borders a street.
  • Maximum fence height must not exceed 7 feet. For fences exceeding 6 feet, the top 12 inches must be constructed of a lattice material.
  • The redwood material can be left in a natural state (unfinished) or be stained. Paint colors that compliment the house design and color may also be acceptable.
  • Chain link, wrought iron, or decorative fences may be used on other portions of the property.
  • Rolled plastic, chicken wire, and other inexpensive fence types may not be used where visible from the street.
  • Walls constructed of masonry that function as a fence may be permitted, depending on the design, color, and size.
  • For detailed information about zoning regulations for construction of fences, refer to section D3-4 of the Site Planning and Project Design Standards for the City of San Ramon
  • A seven-foot tall fence, provided the top one foot is constructed of open lattice, is allowed on property lines at the rear and sides of most properties. A fence up to three feet is allowed within the front yard setback area (typically 20-feet) as measured from the front property line. A seven-foot fence may be constructed outside the front yard setback area. Please note that the sidewalk edge may not be the property line.

Retrofit or Modification of an Existing Fence

The addition of a 12-inch lattice frame to extend the height of an existing 6 foot fence is allowed only if the frame can be integrated with the fence structure. This may require replacement of the existing fence posts with longer posts. Installation of the lattice frames without proper support is both unsafe and unattractive and will result in enforcement action.

Replacing a Shared Fence

Civil Code §841. Good Neighbor Fence Act of 2013

"Adjoining landowners are presumed to share an equal benefit from any fence dividing their properties and, unless otherwise agreed to by the parties in a written agreement, shall be presumed to be equally responsible for the reasonable costs of construction, maintenance, or necessary replacement of the fence."

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