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Building a Fence

  • In new plans of subdivision the installation of fences should not be installed until all grading and sodding has been completed on adjacent lots and has been certified by the developer's engineer. Please check with your builder prior to starting this project.
  • No permit is required to construct a fence unless it is intended to protect a pool or spa/hot tub.
  • Fences should not interfere with drainage swales along property lines.
  • The fence can be any type or style (excluding electric or barbed wire), with no restriction which way the "Good Side" faces.
  • The municipality does not require cost sharing between neighbours. For inquires regarding cost sharing dispute resolution of a boundary fence under the Line Fences Act please contact the Enforcement Services at 705-739-4241.

Zoning Standards For Fences

Location Minimum Distance From Lot Line Maximum Height*
Front Yard 0.30m (1ft.) from front lot line only 1m (3.2ft.)
Interior Side Yard No Requirement 2m (6.5ft)
Exterior Side Yard (Corner Lots) 0.30m (1ft.) 2m (6.5ft)
Rear Yard No Requirement 2m (6.5ft)
Rear Yard (Corner Lots) 0.30m (1ft.) 2m (6.5ft)

* 0.30m (1ft.) setback required from all lot-lines which abut a street.

* Fence height is measured from the top of the fence, excluding posts, to the average grade height for a section of fence.

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