A fence is a structure that encloses an area, typically outdoors, and is usually constructed from posts that are connected by boards, rails or netting. A fence differs from a wall in not having a solid foundation along its whole length. Fences are constructed for a variety of reasons. They are generally used to restrict the movement of people and animals into or out of a parcel of land. Often they are placed to denote boundaries, delineate specific-use areas, provide privacy or for aesthetic reasons. Common fence types are split rail, picket, board on board or chain link.
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Application and Supporting Documents 

Permit Applications must be entered online. 

Who Can Apply

  • Owner: Property Owner name must match Maryland State Assessment records or Proof of Ownership must be submitted. Proof of Ownership: Deed and Deed Recording Receipt from Clerk of the Circuit Court for Prince George's County.
  • Agent: Applicants that are not the property owner or MHIC contractor must submit the following document:
     Homeowner Improvement Authorization Letter (PDF) 
  • Contractor: Must have Maryland Home Improvement Commission license

Plans and Drawings Requirements


Processing and Reviewing Agencies

Bring 3 copies of the entered online application, necessary support documents, and required plans and drawings to the Permit Center.
Select "eplan" on the online application and upload required documents.


Minimum Fee: $110.00
Fee Calculation (if higher than minimum): $110 + Grading Fee + $5 (M–NCPPC)
All permitting fees are assessed an additional five percent (5%) Technology Fee. Fees are subject to change based on County codes.
Following agencies' approval of plans/drawings and payment of fees, a permit is issued. A permit may be revoked if issued in error. A permit may be void if construction has not started, has been suspended or discontinued.
Modifications to the permit, plans, or drawing require a Permit Revision. Permit Revision applications cannot be entered online. The revised application, plans and drawings must be submitted in the Permits Center, using the following two forms:
If approved, permits that expire or require more time to complete, may be renewed or extended by using the following form.

Inspections must be requested and conducted at least once every six months. Visit our Inspections Division pages to schedule an inspection.
  • No permit is required for fences shorter than 4 feet.
  • "Currently, the Zoning Ordinance does not provide regulations to prevent fences from being constructed 'inside out.'  This legislation amends the regulations, for aesthetic purposes, to prohibit the location of support posts and rails on the exterior side of the fence."
  • Fences may not be placed so as to encroach on easements of any kind or on State or County rights-of-way. If you are on a corner lot, you may not locate a fence within 25 feet of the point of intersection on your property lines abutting the street(s).