Does a Privacy Fence Have to Face Outward?

August 14, 2015

There is no municipal code in Wichita requiring that your privacy fence be constructed with the smooth face side facing outward toward your neighbors. That being said, there are a few reasons why you would want to face your fence outward anyway.

Residential Privacy Fence


Security is probably the number one reason you want to point the smooth fence side out from your yard. When building a privacy fence around your yard, it might be tempting to want to see the smooth side facing in so it looks nicer from inside your yard. But an inward-facing fence with the beams exposed on the outside gives easy climbing access to potential intruders.

Neighborhood Policies

Though the city has no municipal codes requiring your fence face outward, your neighborhood or housing development might have rules for fencing that do require it. You will need to refer to your individual neighborhood’s requirements for constructing new fencing, if any exist, in order to know if you’ll be in violation of any standing policies.

There are times when obstacles in the yard, such as sheds, landscaping or a shrubbery row, will dictate which way the new fence has to be installed, but these instances are rare. In cases like this, you will need to consult with your contractor to determine the best course of action.

Neighborhood Consideration

A final consideration in this matter is for your neighbors and your neighborhood. If you have a good relationship with your neighbors, you can work out a solution that works best for everyone in order to eliminate unnecessary conflicts before they arise. The last thing you want is to install a beautiful new privacy fence only to have it turn into a legal battle with your neighbor or your neighborhood association and potentially bearing the cost of having to tear the fence down and replace it.

If you have any questions about installing a new fence, give Reddi Fence a call today at 316-858-0757.

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