Do I need a permit to build a fence?

You generally do not need a building permit to construct fences of 6-feet or less in height on your property; however, you do need Zoning Administrator approval to build a fence higher than 3-feet in the front yard setback or exterior side yard setback on corner lots (Moraga Municipal Code (MMC) Section 8.68.040-A). The height of a fence is measured from the highest point of the fence to the lowest point of the finished grade below the fence.

  • Design Review Board approval is required for fences that are higher than 3-feet that are visible from a "scenic corridor" (MMC Section 8.132.040-A.3), which includes:
    • Camino Pablo
    • Canyon Road
    • Canyon Road
    • Moraga Road
    • Moraga Way
    • Rheem Boulevard
    • St. Mary’s Road
  • Fences between 6-feet and 7-feet 6-inches in height along interior side yard and rear yard property lines may be approved by the Design Review Board.
  • A variance is required for fences exceeding 7-feet 6-inches in height with review by the Planning Commission (MMC Section 8.68.040-B).
  • Fences that are higher than 6-feet require a building permit. The total height of a fence on top of a retaining wall shall not exceed 8-feet without Design Review Board approval (Design Guidelines ID11.2).

For more information, please refer to the Town of Moraga Design Guidelines document.

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1. When do I need a building permit?
2. Where is the Building Department located?
3. What projects can be approved by the Building Department without Town of Moraga approval?
4. Can the windows in my home be replaced without prior Town approval?
5. What permits are required in order to change or widen my driveway?
6. Do I need a permit to build a fence?