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Fences can be constructed in most areas of Burnaby without City approvals or

inspections. Only the height of a fence is regulated under City bylaws and the

materials used are the choice of the property owner. The sections below

outline fence requirements for various types of property in Burnaby.

"This information is provided for convenience only and is not in substitution of applicable City Bylaws or Provincial or

Federal Codes or laws. You must satisfy yourself that any existing or proposed construction or other works complies with

such Bylaws, Codes or other laws."

Residential Districts


Fences or walls not greater than 1 m (3.28 ft.) in height may be located anywhere on a lot.


Fences or walls not greater than 1.8 m (5.91 ft.) in height may be located on any lot to the

rear of a required front yard.


W here the rear line of a lot meets the side line of another lot, the height of fences or walls on

rear lot line shall be not greater than the height permitted on the side line at that point.


In R8 Districts (townhouses), fences or walls not greater than 1.8 m (5.91 ft.) in height may

be located anywhere on a lot.


For properties zoned R10 the following special provisions apply:




a fence not higher than 1.8 m (5.9 ft.) may be located to the rear of the face of the

principal building facing the front yard, and

no fence shall be permitted in the area between the front lot line and the face of the

building, except on a lot abutting Willingdon Avenue or Parker Street where a fence

not higher than 1.0 m (3.3 ft.) is allowed.


Revised: 2006 September 21


The Burnaby Tree Bylaw requires protective fences around trees on a construction site. For

details see the Tree Bylaw Bulletin.


If you are operating a business from your home you cannot have a higher than normal fence.


On corner lots, Vision Clearance regulations apply

Vision Clearance

To allow vision for cars...