Understanding Fencing Laws


(Modern Survival.org) – Where Should You Go to Make Sure Your New Fence is Legal?

  • Police Station
  • Town Hall
  • Fire Department
  • Neighbor

Answer: Town Hall. Here’s why…

Fences are fantastic for safely containing pets and children inside property lines, as well as keeping wild animals and invaders out. But many people don’t realize that a fence must meet legal regulations.

Building a fence is more complicated than simply heading down to the hardware store and purchasing supplies. There are laws that need to be upheld when building a fence, and it is better to know them before breaking ground.

What are the Laws?

Fence regulations vary from state to state, down to counties and cities. Even some subdivisions have regulations on fences called Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs).

These laws and regulations range from how tall a fence can be to where on a property it can be built. In some cases, these even apply to natural fences, such as bushes. Often, fences will have different requirements depending on where the fence is located. Backyard fences are often allowed to be taller than those in the front yard, for example (since fences make access to the home more difficult for emergency services).

In many areas, a permit is required to build a fence at all. Going ahead with construction without a permit, or going outside of the regulations, can result in fines. In some cases, the fence will have to be torn down as well.

How to Find Fence Law Information

The best way to determine the fence laws in your area is to visit the local town hall. They can provide the necessary information on permits and laws pertaining to the construction of a new fence. Another option is to consult with a local real estate attorney.

Fences are an important aspect of home security. To find out why, check out our article on security options that don’t rely on electricity.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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