Fences, Walls & Handrails
Requires Submittal of Design Review Request.
Fences and walls include any privacy fence or wall, decorative fence or wall, or retaining wall. Handrails are used to grasp for support along walks and stairs, or to prevent falling from raised platforms such as decks and balconies.
Maintenance Criteria for fences, walls and handrails include, but is not limited to:
- Owners shall re-fasten loose fence boards and replace broken or missing pickets, posts and latticework.
- Fences that are stained or painted that have fading, blistering, chipping, etc. must be re-stained or re-painted. Requests for painting or staining fences a different color or shade must be submitted for approval. Colors will harmonize with surroundings. Cedar or redwood fences may be left in their natural state.
- Damaged walls must be repaired.
Materials: Fencing materials must adhere to the following:
- Fences may be constructed of wood, wrought iron, vinyl, or composite materials (i.e., Trex)
- Brick or stone pillars interspersed with fencing are permitted.
- The use of barbed wire is prohibited everywhere within the Lowry community.
- Chain link and woven wire fencing shall not be used unless approved by The Committee. Where chain link or wire fencing is permitted by The Committee, the use of visual buffers such as landscaping and/or painted fencing in dark colors is strongly encouraged.
Front Yard: Fences within the front yard of single family and duplex residential lots are prohibited, except where such fencing meets the following limitations:
- Fencing shall be no greater than forty-two (42) inches in height measure from grade level.
- Fencing shall be at least fifty (50) percent open.
- Fencing shall be a minimum of 6″ from sidewalks
Side and Rear Yard: Side and rear yard fences within single family and duplex residential areas should meet the following requirements:
- The height of side and rear yard fences shall not be greater than six (6) feet above grade level and shall not extend beyond the property line.
- Wing fences must not go beyond the adjacent wall of the home or garage on either side of the structure.
- Landscaping shall be used to soften the visual impact of fences.
- Fences shall be constructed to ensure that no stringers or posts shall be visible from any roadways, greenbelt areas, mews, parks, alleys or adjoining lots.
- Dog-eared pickets may not be used.
- Post finials are permitted.
Fencing at Corners of Alleys / Streets and Alleys / Mews: Fences, specifically those adjacent to alley corners and mews, must comply with the Site Triangle Guidelines so as not obstruct visibility for vehicle or pedestrian traffic.
Partial Fence Replacement: Partial fence replacement shall be considered provided that:
- The replacement panels are of a like kind of material, form, design and color.
- If no suitable replacement can be found, or if the property owner wishes to change the type of fencing, then all contiguous sections of fence along a given lot line or plane must be replaced in its entirety.
- A transition in fencing type may occur at corners, provided that all fence types harmonize.
Removal of fencing: Requires the submission of a Design Review Request form.
Walls: All retaining or wing walls should be constructed of brick, stone, or other materials of an appearance compatible with the primary building.
Handrails: Handrails will be constructed of durable and aesthetically pleasing materials and anchored so that they are sturdy and safe. Handrails will conform and harmonize with surrounding architecture and landscaping.
Buildings and Grounds Committee approval of fences, walls and handrails, does not constitute City of Denver approval. Property owners may still need to get City of Denver approval and permits. City and County of Denver requirements can be found HERE.
If you submit a Design Review Request for the installation or replacement of a fence, you hereby acknowledge that it is your responsibility to obtain any necessary survey to ensure that the fence, as constructed, will be on your property and will not encroach onto property owned by the LCMA or your neighbor’s property. Do not assume that any existing fence does not encroach on LCMA property. Any approval from the LCMA for the construction of the fence is based on the assumption that the fence is and/or will be located entirely on your property. If it discovered after the fact that the fence does, as constructed, encroach onto LCMA property, the LCMA hereby reserves the right to require you to move the fence entirely onto your property, notwithstanding any approval granted by the LCMA for the fence. There also may be existing utility easements on the LCMA property near the proposed location of your fence. If your fence encroaches onto LCMA property encumbered by such a utility easement, you may be required to move or remove the fence in order for the applicable utility to utilize its easement. Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of the fence, even if it is determined that the fence, as constructed, encroaches onto LCMA property. Please take particular care with rear, alley-adjacent fencing and note that, as a general rule, a homeowner’s property line is 12″ back from the edge of the concrete alley pan/curb closest to the home.