Fence Permits

Are you looking to erect a fence around your property? Please be aware that you are required to obtain a fence permit before installing a fence, however Fence By-law 2017-40 provisions are required to be complied with. Some fences may only be installed once a Final Lot Grading Approval has been confirmed by the Township of Essa.

Please note that the Township does not become involved in disputes between neighbours regarding fences on private property and/or property lines. This is a civil matter and is not governed by the municipality.

Apply for a Fence Permit

You need to complete and submit a Fence Permit Application in order to build a fence on your property. 

Building Permit Checklist

Please make sure to include the following information with your application.  

  • Online Fence Permit Application (If you require the Fence Permit Application in a different format, please contact the Building Department.
  • Site Plan (fully dimensioned) indicating the location of the fence and any corners (daylighting triangles must be maintained), as well as the location of building services (gas, water and electrical meters). **These services MUST NOT be enclosed by a fence.
  • Materials to be used for the construction of the fence (ie: chain link, wood, etc.)
  • Final Lot Grading (this is required where your property is located in a subdivision; Confirm with the Building Department that your property has final lot grading).  Fence Permits will not be approved where final lot grading has not been obtained.


Building Permit Fees vary and are dependent on the scope of your building or renovation project.  We will calculate all building permit fees after reviewing the application.  You will not be issued a building permit until you have paid all permit fees and obtained all necessary approvals.

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