Residential Fences

Getting Started

If you are erecting a new fence or removing or replacing an existing fence, a building permit is required. Building permit applications are available at Paola City Hall, 19 East Peoria, or call (913) 259-3611 and an application will be mailed to you.

For your protection, we encourage you to contact the utility location service (1-800-DIG-SAFE) prior to digging post-holes or doing any other digging or excavating

Building Permit Requirements

A site plan or survey including:
  • Dimensions and materials of the fence
  • Distances from fence and property lines
  • Existing or proposed structures and distances to property lines
  • Locations of easements or rights-of-way
  • Property address
  • Property dimensions


The permit fee is due when the permit is issued.


One final inspection is required upon completion of construction. Call (913) 259-3611 to schedule an appointment. Please have permit number available.


The permit fee will be double if any work commences without first obtaining a permit.

Permit Expiration

A permit becomes null and void if work or construction authorized is not commenced within 180 days, or if construction or work is suspended for a period of 180 days at any time after work or construction is commenced. Permits shall be renewed annually. If a permit is null and void or expired, a new permit application and fee are required.


  • All fences shall be constructed of material expressly designed for fences.
  • Chain link fences are prohibited in the front yard (for corner lots, see the Building Inspector for special regulations).
  • Chain link fences with inserts for opacity are not allowed.
  • Developments platted after November 18, 1997 shall have fences along streets only if specified in the landscaping plan and final plat. Fences along street frontages shall be uniform in appearance.
  • Fences are not to be built over easements unless a gate with access to the easement is provided.
  • Fences in the front yard shall not exceed four feet in height and shall be constructed of decorative materials (picket, wrought iron, split-rail, etc.) Chain link is not considered decorative material.
  • Hog wire fences and fences made from scrap material are prohibited.
  • No chain link fence shall exceed four feet in height.
Please note: The City of Paola does not review plans for compliance to additional regulations that may be required by the subdivision’s homeowners association or deeds and covenants.