Fences and walls are allowed to be built along property lines as long as they do not exceed the maximum height. In general, fences or walls may not exceed 7 ft. in height along the rear and side property lines and no more than 3 ft. in height within the front setback area.
Maximum Fence / Wall Height Diagram
In addition, fences and walls along side and rear property lines, outside of the front setback area, are required to have 1 foot of lattice, which allows for the passage of light and air, when the fence exceeds 6 feet in height (total maximum height allowed is 7 ft.). Fences and walls along side property lines may not exceed 3 ft. in height within the front setback area.
Height is measured from the bottom to the top of the fence or wall. Fences placed on top of a retaining wall do not include the height of the retaining wall. Fences and walls on corner lots have additional requirements. (See the figure to the right for an illustration of setback and height restrictions.)
Barbed wire, razor wire, and electric fences are prohibited on fences or walls in residential based zoning districts.
Fences 7 ft. in height or under are exempt from building permits. Per the Morgan Hill Municipal Code, the top foot is required to be lattice, allowing light and air to pass through. Fences taller than 7 ft. in height are not allowed. All masonry walls, regardless of height, are required to obtain a building permit.