Residential Walls & Fences

The City has amended the residential walls and fences provisions of the Municipal Code to establish a streamlined review process for front yard and street yard fences and walls, that includes over the counter approvals, when proposals are consistent with the pre-approved fence palette for front yards and street side yards. A process was also established that allows for design exceptions to be reviewed by the Planning Commission.

Planning Review

Proposals for a new front yard fence and/or street side, side yard fence, wall, or retaining wall on a residentially zoned property will require the submittal of a Development Review Application to the Planning Division. The Planning review fee is $100.00.

Building Permit

Proposals for a or reconstructed fence, wall, or retaining wall on a residentially zoned property will require a Building Permit. Building permits and inspections help ensure that fences and walls are located in the correct location. are the correct height, and are structurally sound. The Building Permit fee is based on project valuation, please contact the Building and Safety division for a fee estimation.

Front Yard Palette

Non-view obscuring front yard fences shall be in substantial compliance with the design palette. When a submittal does not conform to the palette, the matter shall be reviewed by the Planning Commission.
NOTE: The location of the walls and fences are for illustration purposes only. Please refer to the City of Whittier Zoning Code for walls and fences to determine the required side and front yard setbacks.

Side Yard Palette

View obscuring street side and side yard fences shall be in substantial compliance with the palette below. When a submittal does not conform to the palette, the matter shall be reviewed by the Planning Commission.
NOTE: The location of the walls and fences are for illustration purposes only. Please refer to the City of Whittier Zoning Code for walls and fences to determine the required side and front yard setbacks.
Style #1
(Picket Fence)
Style #7
(Brick Columns and Vertical Boards)
Style #2
(Iron Fence)
Style #8
(Wood Shake Fence)
Style #3
(Wood fence with Brick columns)
Style #9
(Horizontal Board Fence)
Style #4
(Split Rail Fence)
Style #10
(Diagonal Board Fence)
Style #5
(Iron with Stucco Columns)
Style #11
(Vertical Wood Fence with Lattice)
Style #6
(Prefab Section and Wood Posts)
Style #12
(Grapestake Wood Fence)
For more information, please contact the Community Development Department at 562-567-9320 or e-mail at comdev@cityofwhittier.org.
Style #13
(Brick Columns with vertical wood siding and Lattice)
Style #14
(Stucco wall with stucco columns)
Style #15
(Block wall with decorative block cap and block columns with trim cap)
Style #16
(Block columns with cap and decorative block wall)
Style #17
(Stucco wall with stucco columns and brick cap)