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Fences & Walls in the ESL Overlay Area

A Wall Permit is required

Walls in the Foothills Overlay area

Single-family parcels 35,000 sq ft or larger

Subdivision Walls


General Guidelines

  • In general, walls shall be setback a minimum of 15 feet from a side or rear property line.  There shall be a 5 foot buffer from dedicated Natural Area Open Space (NAOS).
  • NAOS shall not be enclosed by walls that disrupt its continuity with NAOS on adjacent properties.
  • Walls are prohibited from disrupting the continuity of NAOS corridors and wildlife corridors or habitats located along major and minor watercourses.
  • Walls shall not enclose or disconnect contiguous NAOS or be permitted to cross washes of 50 cfs greater flow in a 100-year event.
  • Fences shall not block wildlife movement in and through NAOS and/or natural watercourses.
  • If protected Native Plants are being affected by the construction of the wall, a Native Plant permit will be required.

Site and Structure Development Design Standards

  • Materials used for exterior surfaces of all structures shall blend in color, hue, and tone with the surrounding natural desert setting to avoid high contrast.
  • Surface materials of walls, retaining walls or fences shall be similar to and compatible with those of the adjacent main buildings.
  • No paint colors shall be used within any landform that have a LRV greater than 35 percent.
  • Exterior paint and material colors shall not exceed a value of 6 and a chroma of 6 as indicated in the Munsell Book of Color.
  • Leave washes in place and in natural conditions where practical. When necessary, modifications to natural watercourses and all walls and fences crossing natural watercourses shall be designed in accordance with the standards and policies specified in Chapter 37 (Floodplain and Stormwater Regulation) of the Scottsdale Revised Code, and the Design Standards and Policies Manual 


Call the One Stop Shop at 480-312-2500 or e-mail planninginfo@scottsdaleaz.gov.