Fence permit

A permit is required to construct a fence.

Please note that new permit applications and contractor licenses must be applied for online at riverforest.onlama.com.

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The following application materials are required:

  • Completed Application 
  • 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

Click here and navigate to "Accessory Permits" for the application form.

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 Development Services & 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