Permit for fences and hedges

The information contained in this page is simplified and for information purposes only. In case of a contradiction between the by-law and this document, the former will prevail.

A permit is required to install or replace a fence and/or hedges.


Fences must be located on private property only and cannot be erected on city land, including the area between the sidewalk and your property line.

Hedges must be at a minimum of 1m (3’3″) from the city sidewalk or curb. Fences and hedges must be at least 0.91m (3′) from all fire hydrants.


The maximum permitted height of a residential fence is 1.82m (6′) (except for fences around swimming pools) and 0.91m (3′) if placed within 4.57m (15′) of the front property line.

On corner lots, the maximum permitted height of a residential fence is the 0.6m (2′) for a distance of 9.14m (30′) from the corner in both directions along the sidewalk or curb. (See illustration below.)

Fences around swimming pools

Côte Saint-Luc requires properties with swimming pools to be fenced in. Please see the guide Private swimming pools for more information.

Protect your renovation investment by hiring a contractor licensed by the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ).

How to apply for a permit

  • An up-to-date certificate of location for the subject property to the Urban Planning Department with the proposed fence/hedges labelled is required.
  • Complete an online or a PDF application form (see below).
  • Pay applicable fees. See Fee schedule guide for a detailed price list.
  • Fence permits should be issued within a few days depending on volume of permits being processed and complexity of the application.

It is the responsibility of the owner to obtain required permits. If you require more information or clarification, please contact the Urban Planning Department at 514-485-6800 or [email protected].