Install a fence without creating an offense. That’s good advice and all the more reason to know how close to property lines you can build your fence.
Property lines and boundary issues are a common concern with residential fence installation.
- There are local and municipality guidelines for fencing
- There is proper etiquette for fence design and construction.
- There is the need to maintain goodwill and communication with your neighbors before and during fence installation.
Attention to these details can help assure that your fence investment provides the security, visual appeal, and property enhancement you desire – and that everyone gets along in the process.
What are the property line requirements when installing a fence?
First, understand that there are rules and regulations that can help answer property line questions and related issues. Your HOA (Home Owners Association) could be good starting point.
But for more specific and perhaps legally solid guidelines it’s best to consult with the planning office in your city or municipality.
Generally speaking, you can build your fence right up to your property line.
Straddling the property line between you and your neighbor(s) or, of course, infringing on property lines would be unacceptable!
Guidelines for fence installation that enhances your property and respects your neighbor’s
Your new fence shouldn’t be a point of contention. The more due diligence applied before construction the better.
Know (and respect) the boundaries
Property lines are most often clearly plotted. Still, an inch-or-two here and there can cause unnecessary tension if you don’t clarify where the “lines” fall between you and your neighbor(s).
This is a no-guesses decision. And keep in mind that a current or previous fence isn’t always an accurate guideline.
- Refer to an official, on-record property plat. Consult with your local planning office and if necessary obtain a copy of your residence’s property map.
- Hire a surveyor if your property information is outdated or unavailable.
Again, the extra effort while planning your fencing project can save you hassle, time, and costs.
Clarify local regulations
This guideline takes fence installation a step further. It’s a good idea to determine what municipal or county regulations exist regarding how fencing is installed and maintained.
Ignored regulations can be a costly sticking-point. Make sure you do your homework prior to and during the planning of your fence project.
Get clarity on:
- Height restrictions
- Types of materials that can be used
- Required distance from sidewalks, streets, etc.
- Any fence details such as color or style relative to community planning, historic preservation, etc.
Communicate with your neighbors
This is about courtesy and not necessarily about permission. It’s your fence and your property but making the effort to communicate your plans can help you avoid any potential or future conflict.
- Talk about your choice of fencing including materials, height, etc.
- Inform them about the installation details such as brief property disruptions and the impact on any pets and/or children, etc.
- If applicable, discuss cost sharing if the fence benefits their property’s security, value, and appearance.
Fence installation guidelines are for your protection and essential to a frictionless experience. Advanced planning confirms that your fence investment honors property lines and keeps you and your neighbors satisfied.
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- Experts are available to help with your decision, installation, and your ongoing questions about protecting your fence investment.
- Upgrade your home’s security and appearance.