Thinking about installing a fence? One of the first questions you may be asking is “How high should my fence be?”

First, it’s important to know why you want a fence and where the fence will be located. Is it going in the front yard or the back? Are you looking for privacy or do you simply want to mark a boundary? Do you want to keep pets or kids in or are you most concerned about keeping trespassers out?

Secondly, local fence height restrictions must be considered. County or city regulations often dictate fence height, and Homeowners Associations sometimes limit maximum fence height along with colors and materials. So it’s very important to check any local regulations or HOA by-laws that apply to you.

Here are some general guidelines for fence heights:


Privacy Fence

If privacy is what you’re looking for, a 6-foot privacy fence is normally sufficient to keep your neighbors from being able to see into your yard, unless of course you live next to a family of NBA players.



Dog Fence

Although a 4-foot fence is normally adequate to confine most dogs, a 6-foot dog fence is often a good choice because it will keep even larger breeds from jumping the fence.

Pool Fence

Pool fences are normally required to prevent someone from gaining access to your pool and accidentally falling in. Most are 4 feet, but it’s important to check local ordinances because the required height may vary.




Boundary Fence HeightBoundary Fence

A fence can be a great choice for adding curb appeal to your home or for providing a clear boundary between your yard and a street or neighbor. As a general rule, a front yard fence (often picket or ornamental) is 3 feet and a backyard fence (for privacy or to keep children or pets safe) is 6 feet.

Garden Fence

Example Garden Fence Height

To show off flowers or vegetables, a shorter fence (3-4 feet) is often a popular choice. A picket fence will keep your garden visible while keeping out large animals, but if smaller animals like rabbits are a concern, then a solid fence may be a better choice.


A good fence contractor will help you choose the fence height you need. He or she should take into account why you want a fence in the first place, whether your land slopes, what materials you prefer, and your local fence guidelines. At Accent Fence our Certified Fence Professional has helped customers make decisions like these for more than 15 years. Call us at 770-995-7463 or request an estimate online at