8999 West 123rd Street
Palos Park, IL 60464
Phone: (708) 671-3730
Fax: (708) 448-9542
SUMMARY of Fence Regulations
On April 22, 2013 the Village Council established the Ad Hoc Fence
Committee by Ordinance 2013-15. The Village Council appointed seven
(7) members to the Committee that included representatives from the
Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals as well as residents.
The Committee was formed to review the Fence Standards of the
Village and make recommendations to the Village Council as to any
changes that should be made. The Committee met a total of nine (9)
times during 2013.
The Committee met on Monday, December 2, 2013 to review their
proposed changes to the Village Code Chapter 1464: Fences and 1482
Swimming and Wading Pools (pool fences). The Committee voted (7-0)
to recommend that a final report be prepared for the Village Council
including the suggested changes to the ordinances so that the
Village Board could refer this item on to the Plan Commission for
Public Hearing. The Committee issued its written report to the
Village Council on December 9, 2013. The Village Council took
receipt of that report and moved to refer the Ad Hoc Fence Committee
report and draft ordinances to the Plan Commission for Public
Hearing. The Plan Commission met on January 16, 2014 and motioned to
recommend approval subject to additional changes of Chapter 1464 and
1482 to the Village Council.
The Village Council met on February 10, 2014 to review the proposed
changes. At that meeting the Village Council motioned to table the
matter to continue the discussion of the proposed amendments to Part
Fourteen, Title Six, Chapter 1464 Fences and Chapter 1482 Swimming
and Wading Pools (pool fences) of the Village Code of Ordinances to
February 24, 2014 to allow for additional public comment and
discussion. Attached is a red lined copy of the proposed amendments
to Chapter 1464 and 1482.
A copy of the proposed amendments are also on file and available for
public inspection between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.,
Monday through Friday (except holidays), at Village Hall located at
the Kaptur Administrative Center, 8999 West 123rd Street, Palos
Park, Illinois 60464. For further information, please contact the
Village Community Development Director, Lori Sommers at 708-671-3731
An overview of the proposed changes to fence regulations is as
1464.01 Front Yard Fences
• Currently the code allows for 3
foot tall wood fence.
• Proposed to not allow fences in the front yard.
• Proposed an insertion of a diagram to show where fences are
1464.01 Residential Districts
• Currently the code allows in
R-1-A Zoning Districts rear yard fences to be up to 4 ½ feet and
can be constructed of other materials other than split rail.
• Currently the code allows side yard fences are to be a maximum
of 4 feet and constructed of split rail or of similar type.
• Proposed to eliminate the two different height requirements
based on zoning designation and made it one regulation for
single family districts.
• Proposed a maximum of 4 ½ feet in all residential zoning
districts for side and rear yards.
• Currently the code allows for
wood materials only in front yards but in rear yards of R-1-A
Zoning District a fence could be any material and constructed
with 70% open space.
• Proposed to designate the type of materials to only the
following: solid (non-composite) wood protected against decay,
steel, stone, wrought iron, or wrought-iron-style aluminum.
1464.02 (a) and 1482 Swimming Pool
• Proposed to put all regulations
in Chapter 1482 – Swimming and Wading Pools.
• Proposed to clarify fencing around pools shall not be a solid
1464.02 (b) Tennis Court Fences
• Currently the code has no
restrictions on size, height, or material requirements.
• Proposed to have constructed of chain link.
1464.02 (c) Dog Run Fences
• Currently the code has no
restrictions on size, height, setback and material requirements.
• Proposed to add maximum height, material and size
• Proposed to be maximum height of 6 feet and constructed of
chain link, wrought iron, or wrought-iron style aluminum.
• Currently the code states that
for a non-conforming fence that is 40% or more destroyed a
permit for reconstruction shall not be issued but if it is less
than 40% then they can get a permit. There is also no
restriction on the number of permits one can get.
• Proposed to have legal nonconforming fences or gate posts that
are damaged 50% or less can obtain a onetime permit to replace
fence or gate post as long as the degree of nonconforming is not
• Proposed to have properties that have a legal nonconforming
fence or gate post may continue to have the fence or gate post.
In order to be allowed to do more than the onetime 50% or less
damage permit then the fence or gate post needs to be designated
on the local register of historical places or on the National
Register of Historic Places. Fences or gate posts designated as
historic are allowed to be maintained, repaired, replaced, and
preserved in perpetuity no matter how much is damaged.
1464.07 Gate Posts
• Currently the code allows for 8
feet for height of gate posts, excluding light fixture and 8
feet in length for wing walls.
• Proposed to have height of gate post, excluding light fixture
reduced to 6 feet.
• Proposed to have the length of both the gate post and wing
wall be a maximum of 8 feet.
• Proposed to have the wing wall height a maximum of 4 feet
average to allow for a more creative top wall profile.
• Currently the code allows for an 8 foot tall gate.
• Proposed is a gate height that shall be no higher than 1.5
feet above the height of the post as measured at the center of
the gate. This is to allow for a more creative top.
• Currently the code allows for a resident to ask for a
variation if they would like to put in over head arches on their
• Proposed that over head arches are not allowed. Not even with
• Proposed an insertion of a diagram to show gate posts and wing