Fence permit

A permit is required to construct a fence.


The following application materials are required:

  • Completed and Signed Application below.
  • Plat of Survey Indicating Location of Fence
  • Fence Proposal or Contract
  • $100 Permit Fee

The following requirements apply to fences:

  • Maximum height of 7 feet above-established grade (Portion of Fence higher than 6 feet must have an area open for view of at least 50%)

  • Residential fences may be constructed in the front yard with a maximum height of 6 feet and an area open for view of at least 80%; such fences must be fabricated metal

  • Click here to view diagrams indicating what fence types and where fences may be installed

  • Fence posts and posthole diameters must be located entirely on the permittee's property

  • An inspection is required prior to permit approval and fence installation

  • View the Village Code's fence requirements, including more information on fence regulations for residential corner lots

This application is a fillable PDF and can be printed and submitted to the Village for review.
Fence permit application

Work hours in the Village of River Forest:

  • 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Saturdays
  • No work on Sundays, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas



Contact Building & Zoning

  • (708) 714-3552
    (708) 366-3702 fax
  • 400 Park Avenue
    River Forest, IL 60305
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  • Mon: 8:00am to 7:00pm
    Tue–Fri: 8:00am to 4:30pm