There is little more annoying than a neighbor who does not mind his or her own business and who constantly pushes the boundaries of his or her land. If you are tired of dealing with your neighbor's behaviors, you may think that a fence is a good solution. It may be, as long as you follow the laws and know your property's boundaries well.
Did you know that most fences in residential areas are limited to six feet in height in back yards and four feet in the front? This is typically determined by local ordinances, so each city and county has its own specific regulations you must follow. If you want a fence that is taller than the law allows, you can apply for a one-time variance. This is an exception granted to someone who needs to build a fence that violates the local ordinance.
If you design a boundary fence, know that you will be responsible for its care and maintenance. However, if a fence needs a repair, the law also suggests that the property owners share the cost since both may benefit from the fence's use.
It's also possible that your fence will be subject to provisions that state what it needs to look like. This is especially true if you live in a subdivision or a location with a homeowner's association. If so, it's a good idea to talk to the HA before you put up a fence. You don't want to do the work only to find out you need to remove your fencing.
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