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Fences and Walls

The information provided is for single-family residential properties, for other uses contact the One Stop Shop at 480-312-2500.

Every parcel has Zoning Ordinance requirements and restrictions, including wall standards.

  • Front, side and rear yard setbacks are usually different.
  • Corner lots, flag lots and key lots may have different requirements.
  • Setbacks may be modified through Amended Development Standards.  

Zoning Districts - links directly to section of Municode
Height Limitation on walls and fences - Basic Zoning Ordinance Sec. 7.104 

Permits are required when:

  • Adding additional height to existing fences over 3-feet in height. Engineered plans may be required when adding height to existing fences.
  • Constructing a retaining wall. All retaining walls require engineered plans to be submitted and approved by the City.
  • Building dry stack stone or interlocking block walls over 30-inches in height.
  • Replacing an existing fence. The same requirements apply when replacing an existing fence as apply when building a new fence.

Key Resources  


Before removing the fence, check with the One Stop Shop Planning Services on-call planner to make sure the fence is not non-conforming. Non-conforming fences that are removed cannot be replaced in the same, non-conforming location and will be required to meet current zoning specifications related to placement, height, etc.

Detail Drawings

Minimum Standards for 8" Masonry Wall (pdf/118kb/1p)
Minimum Standards for 6" Masonry Wall (pdf/118kb/1p)
Minimum Standards for 4" Masonry Wall (pdf/37kb/1p)
Minimum Standards for Retaining Walls 4 ft or Less (pdf/61kb/1p/4-9-09)

2515-1 Wall Opening & Erosion Protection - Type 1 PDF (283kb) DWG (205kb)
2515-2 Drainage Grate At Block Wall PDF (217kb) DWG (115kb)
2515-3 Erosion Protection - Type 2 PDF (267kb) DWG (264kb)

Submittal Resources

  • Submittal Guides
  • Fence/Wall Submittal Packet - non-ESL and not in the Cactus Corridor (pdf/866kb/12pp)
  • Fee is charged per hour plus charge per linear feet of retaining wall. The first hour plan review fee is collected at time of submittal. Additional review hours will be charged with the permit fee.

Over the Counter Review is available if: (same submittal requirements apply)

  • The proposed Walls/Fences are less than or equal to 6' high.
  • The property is NOT within the Cactus Corridor (Loop 101 to FLW Blvd, Shea to Thunderbird).
  • For properties in the ESL area where the wall locations and details are approved on the subdivision Grading & Drainage plan.