Fence Permit

Electrical Equipment Access

One obstacle City employees face when trying to obtain access to electrical equipment is fences. The two electrical facilities that City employees most often will need to access are transformers and pedestals. When installing a fence, residents should adhere to the following regulations in respect to transformers and pedestals.


In order to provide sufficient access for the Department of Public Utilities - Electric, the following requirements shall be met if a transformer is located near the fence:

  1. A five-foot (5') clearance on all sides, with a removable fence (pins) or gate in front of the side in which the transformer opens (side with lock).
  2. A ten-foot (10') clearance must be kept in front of the side on which the transformer opens, if no gate or removable section of the fence is incorporated.
  3. If proper clearance cannot be achieved, a gate or removable fence section must be installed in a manner so that the section can be removed without the use of tools. 


In order to provide sufficient access for the Department of Public Utilities - Electric, the following condition must be met if a pedestal is located near the fence:

  1. A three-foot (3') clearance on all sides must be maintained.

Always Call JULIE Before You Dig at 8-1-1 or (800) 892-0123.

If you have any further questions concerning this matter or your electrical service, please contact the Department of Public Utilities - Electric Operations Division at (630) 420-6181.

Development Requirements

  1. A copy of the Plat of Survey (draw fence placement on copies of plat).
  2. Fences may not exceed six feet (6') in height. However, fences along major arterial roadways may be constructed up to nine feet (9') in height.
  3. The finished side of the fence must face away from the lot on which it is constructed.
  4. Fences may be placed up to the property line. However, a fence over three feet (3') high may not extend nearer to a front lot line than the front facade of the principal building.
  5. Fences along corner side-yard lot lines must be set back to the corner side-yard line.
  6. Double-fronting lots (lots with streets on two sides), except corner lots, must have a gate installed for access to each right-of-way. The property owner is required to maintain the public right-of-way.
  7. Call JULIE (underground utility locators) at least 48 hours before you dig: (24-hour toll free: 1-800-892-0123).
  8. Fences may not interfere with applicable stormwater management standards. 

Download the Fence Permit Application (PDF). For details on the permitting process, including submittal, reviews, fees and issuance, visit the Building Permits page.