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Building or Repairing a Retaining Wall


Walls of 4 feet in height or less

(Measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall.)

Is a ...Required?
Zoning Check and Site PlanYes*
Construction Plan ReviewNo

Homeowners can perform work on their own property.

Zoning Check is required for walls above 2 feet in height

Inspections are part of the permit process

Walls of more than 4 feet in height

(Measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall.)

Is a ...Required?
Zoning Check and Site PlanYes
Construction Plan ReviewYes

Homeowners can perform work on their own property.

Note: The above facts apply ONLY to retaining walls totally enclosed on the homeowner’s property. Walls on neighboring properties or public areas require additional permissions and procedures.

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Last updated Jan 30, 2019



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