Fencing Regulations for Greensboro, North Carolina

Fences may appear to be a simple addition to any home, but they come with many rules and regulations. These rules vary by state. Even your neighborhood may have certain restrictions regarding the type of fence you use or even how high they can be. States and neighborhoods alike aim for attractiveness and safety. Regulations are one way to help assure this. If you live in Greensboro, North Carolina, here are many state fencing regulations and rules that you need to abide by.

The material of the fence is the first thing you consider when building a fence. In Greensboro, only these specific materials are allowed:

  • Masonry
  • Stone
  • Wood
  • Chain link
  • Woven wire
  • Plastic
  • Vinyl
  • Metal

Some materials comparable to the ones listed above may also be acceptable.

Certain types of fences or walls are strictly forbidden in specific areas. The following fences are not allowed in residential areas, but may be built for agricultural purposes or security institutions (jails, etc.).

  • Barbed or razor wire fences
  • Walls topped with barbed or razor wire
  • Electrical current fences or walls
  • Fences or walls made of readily flammable material (paper, cloth, etc.)

Fence and wall heights are heavily regulated. Regulated heights vary depending on the area—residential, commercial, agricultural, and others.


  • No higher than 4 feet on properties 15 feet or less away from the public or private street. 
  • If rear or side yard adjoins a major or minor road with no driveway access, fence can be no higher than 6 feet within 15 feet from road. Otherwise, it can be no higher than 7 feet.


  • No fence or wall can be higher than 8 feet unless it is 15 feet away from all property lines or complies with principal building setbacks.

Recreational and Agricultural

  • No fence or wall can be higher than 8 feet unless it is 15 feet away from all property lines or complies with principal building setbacks.
  • Otherwise, it may not be higher than 12 feet unless it is part of a tennis court, driving range, or other sport-like facility.

If your fence includes columns or posts, there are restrictions against these as well. Columns or posts cannot be greater than 18 inches above the height of the fence or wall. There must also be at least 4 feet between each of them.

This is simply a general overview of the main regulations Greensboro has placed on fences and walls. The professional installing your fence should be familiar with these rules. If you would like a more in depth look at these restrictions, visit http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=7641. Whether you are building a fence or wall for your home, a business, or recreational purposes, there are specific restrictions for each. You need to be careful to follow them carefully or you may be facing a fine and additional work.

Are you considering building a fence for your home or business in North Carolina? Call Diversified Fence Builders at (336) 510-5561.