How Many Feet Of Fence (Plus Cost) For 5 Acres?

Looking to build a fence for your property and need some quick measurements? Want to keep your dog from getting out? This article covers the various typical sizes and shapes of yards to show you just how many feet of fence you’ll need for 5 acre lots.

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How Many Feet Of Fence For 5 Acres?

For a 5 acre lot of any shape, you will need a total length of 1866.8 feet of fence. If you have a perfectly square-shaped yard then each side will be 1866.8 / 4 = 466.7 feet. Few yards are perfectly square though.

How Much Does It Cost To Fence 5 Acres?

According to, the average cost to install a wood fence is $17 – $45 per linear foot. They pull this data from their database of finished projects and homeowner cost surveys. Chain link fence costs on average $15 – $30 to install.

Wire fences are cheapest at $1 – $5 to install.

As a property owner there a ton of different options on fencing material. For easy reference, we’ll summarize them in this chart. Again, we’ll use 5 acres as the property size with a total need of 1867 linear feet of installed fence.

Keep in mind these costs include installation fees. A DIY fence would save $5 to $30 per linear foot depending on the complexity of the fence and materials.

Fence Material Material Cost Range Labor Cost Average (per foot) Lot Size (Total Feet of Perimeter) Total Cost
Wooden Fence $7-$15 $15 5 Acres (1867 feet) $41,074 – $56,010
Chain Link Fence $5-$15 $10 5 Acres (1867 feet) $28,005 – $46,675
Chicken Wire Fence $1-$2 $2 5 Acres (1867 feet) $5,601 – $7,468
Barbed Wire Fence $1-$2.50 $2 5 Acres (1867 feet) $5,601 – $8,402
Electric Wire Fence $1-$3 $2 5 Acres (1867 feet) $5,601 – $9,335

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What Are The Dimensions Of A 5 Acre Lot?

Five acre lots cover 217,800 square feet (43,560 square feet per acre * 5 acres). Assuming your lot is perfectly square then each edge would be the square root of 217,800 or about 467 feet long. That makes a total of 1,867 feet of length around the entire property.

Lots are rarely perfectly square. Assuming your lot is rectangular you can get the overall dimensions by measuring one of the lengths either in the field or on your computer. Google Earth makes this task a cinch.

Just download google earth, navigate to your lot and use the measuring tool to measure your property’s boundaries.

Do I Need A Permit To Build A Fence?

This depends on where you live. Populated cities typically require permits to build fences. In Denver, where I live, you need a permit for any fence over 4 feet high. The easiest way to find out for your city is to simply google “[your city name] fence permit”. If that turns up nothing you’ll want to check your city’s zoning regulations.

For rural areas, we recommend you double-check with your county’s zoning regulations. In general, you’re much less likely to need a permit for rural areas.

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How Tall Can Your Privacy Fence Be?

Fence height depends on your land’s zoning regulations. In general, in cities or populated areas, you’ll need a permit to build a fence taller than 4 feet. Zoning regulations rarely allow you to have a privacy fence higher than 8 feet. Typical heights of privacy fences range from 6 to 8 feet high.

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What Is The Cheapest Fence To Build for Pets?

The cheapest fence to build is a wireless fence. They don’t require any kind of building at all. Instead, the downside there is that you’ll need to train your pet to understand them.

An even cheaper option is to have no fence and simply train your pet to stay in your yard, even with a wireless fence.

If you opt to build a true fence they go up in price in this order – wire fences are cheapest followed by chain-link fences followed by wooden fences. Wire fences typically go for $1-$5 per linear foot installed. Chain link fences can be installed for about $15 – $30 per linear foot. Finally, wooden fences cost about $20 – $30+ for others to install (including materials).

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Is A 4 Foot Fence Tall Enough?

Most 40 lb and larger dogs can figure out how to jump a 4-foot high fence. Four feet is enough for toy breeds and smaller dogs.

All dogs can be trained to stay inside a fence regardless of the fence height.

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