A Process Guide
This Guide is designed to help you through the permitting and construction
processes associated with a fence project. A fence is defined as
a structure that is entirely above ground level. Fences may be constructed
of wood, masonry or chain link. For further information on Fences,
please review our handout, Wood & Masonry Fences, Form 4604.
A building permit is not required for fences up to 72 inches in
height and freestanding masonry walls up to 48 inches in height
above the highest adjacent grade. However, fences exempt from a
building permit must still comply with applicable local and State
building regulations and codes, including, the Chula Vista Zoning
Ordinance. All new structures must therefore be reviewed by the
Planning Division to ensure the structure meets the requirements
of the zone. Please check with Planning staff (619-585-5621) on
Zoning regulations applicable to fences.
To apply for a fence permit, you need to stop at our Building Counter
at 276 Fourth Avenue, Building 300. For us to accept your permit application, you must provide
us with a complete submittal package. A complete submittal package
consists of the following:
- A completed Residential
Addition-Remodel-Patio-Wall/Fence-Pool Worksheet, Form 4562.
- Three copies of a Plot/Site Plan showing the general layout
of the existing building site, location of the fence, and address.
Please review our handout, How
To Prepare A Residential Plot Plan, Form 4595, or call
us at (619) 691-5272.
- Two copies of construction plans and details.
Note: The Planning & Building Department has handouts that
show construction techniques for miscellaneous structures such as
Fences. These handouts may be used in lieu of construction plans
when attached to a properly prepared plot plan. Please review our
& Masonry Fences, Form 4604.
During the permitting process you will be asked to pay two separate
fees; Plan Check Fee and Permit Fee. You are required to pay the
Plan Check Fee before we can take in your application for plan check.
As for the Permit Fee, you must pay it at time of permit issuance.
If you use a city standard construction plan, the Plan Check Fee
is included in the Permit Fee and is paid at time of permit issuance.
Both fees are determined by the type of construction and square
After our Development Services Technicians (DST's) verify that
the application package is complete, and you pay the Plan Check
Fee, they will forward a set of plans/documents to each of the three
departments/divisions; Building, Planning, and Engineering. Approval
from all three departments/divisions is required prior to permit
issuance. To contact any of the departments/divisions, please see
the contact list shown at the end of this document.
The plan check process is then tracked in our Automated Tracking
System and the project is assigned a standard turn-around-time.
The standard turn-around-time is 7 calendar days. If you use a city
standard construction plan, the plan check can be done "Over-The-
Counter" and the permit may get issued the same day.
After you obtain all the required approvals and pay the Permit
Fee, a DST will issue you a building permit. Now you can start construction.
At certain stages of the construction, you must schedule for an
inspection. The following list represents the sequence of required
inspections for a typical fence:
Wood/Chain Link Fences:
- Footings - when footings have been excavated but before concrete
- Final when work is complete.
- Foundation - after excavation for footing and after the steel
is tied securely in final position.
- Pre-grout - after the blocks have been laid up to the full
height of the wall, with steel in place but before the grout is
- Final when work is complete.
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