Fencing Specifications

Updated February 21, 2017

Fencing specifications depend on the type of fence that is being constructed, what it is being used for and where it is being built. State fencing laws vary and should always be consulted prior to any fence being built.


Those who own livestock may be required to create a fence to keep them maintained. In Indiana, for example, livestock fences must be constructed strong enough to maintain hogs. The fence itself must be at least 4 feet in height if it's constructed out of boards, wire or pickets. Rail fences must be at least 4 1/2 feet tall, and worm rail fences 5 feet tall. Different areas have the right to create their own livestock fence guidelines.

Garden Fences

Garden fences are designed to protect one's garden while adding privacy at the same time. Different municipalities have the right to create their own garden fence specification laws. Those who wish to build a garden fence higher than local regulations allow must apply for a permit before construction can begin.

Swimming Pool Fences

The specifications for a swimming pool fence vary depending on where the fence is being constructed. Most states have a limit in regards to how high the fence can be built. In most cases, the fence cannot contain an opening at the bottom that would allow a child to crawl underneath it. Swimming pool fences must also be built in a manner that prevents children from hopping over them.

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Based in California, Noel Shankel has been writing and directing since 2002. His work has been published in "Law of Inertia Magazine." Shankel has a Bachelor of Arts in film and writing from San Francisco State University.