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Fences, Walls and Retaining Walls
The Development Code regulates the location, height, materials, maintenance and appearance of fences, walls and retaining walls within the City of Lake Oswego.
Building Permits: Building permits may be required based on the height and purpose of a fence or retaining wall, as follows:
Fences: A Building Permit is required for all fences or walls over 7 feet in height. [The height of a fence/wall is measured from the downslope side of finished grade below the fence/wall to the highest horizontal surface, not including posts or columns less than 2 feet in width and spaced at least 8 feet apart].
Retaining Walls: A Building Permit is required for all retaining walls that are greater than 4 feet in height, and any retaining wall that is over 2 feet in height that supports a surcharge (i.e., any load in addition to the level grade within a 45 degree angle from the bottom of the footing to level grade). [For purposes of a Building Permit, the height of a retaining wall is measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the retaining wall].
Portals, Arbors & Trellises: A Building Permit may be required based on the materials, height, and connections of the structure. Please contact the Building Division for more information.
For more information regarding fence and wall location, height, and materials, please read the attached fence handout.