Free standing block walls over 36” in height require a building permit, reviewed, and approved by the Planning and Building Divisions. However, if the proposed block wall is retaining earth, permitting may be required from Building and Planning even if the wall is under 36” in height. Please reach out to the Planning or Building Division.
Free standing fences, which are not combined with walls or fixtures, up to 6’ in height do not require a building permit. The Building Division can confirm if your proposed type of structure or attachment methods would trigger the need for a permit at Building@sanjuancapistrano.org.
To confirm the determination of whether a retaining wall needs a Building Permit or a Planning Grading Plan Modification entitlement, please email a site plan to showing where the wall(s) will be located on the property and a section drawing of the wall(s) (cross-section view of the wall providing the wall’s dimensions, and the existing and proposed grade on either side of the wall). Site plan and section should be emailed to Planning@sanjuancapistrano.org.