When You Want To Fence In Your Property: Steps Required

27 January 2020
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


"Good fences make good neighbors" is a quote from the Robert Frost poem, "Mending Wall." It reminds people that when you have neighbors that are irritating or just do not respect your personal and property boundaries, a good fence will prevent them from being a nuisance. Whether or not your neighbors are a nuisance, a good fence around your property makes the property more appealing to anyone that may buy the property and live there in the future. Before you get started on your fencing project, however, you will need to conduct the following steps. 

Get Permission and a Permit From the City

City ordinances are very particular when it comes to putting any structure on your property, and that includes a fence on the perimeter. You will have to get permission to erect the fence, and then get a permit to build the fence. In some cities and states, you also have to give your neighbors notice that you are putting up a fence, just in case any of them wish to contend this action for a reason that is acceptable to the city. (If their reasons are not acceptable to the city, you are free to move ahead with the construction and installation of your fence.)

Hire a Surveyor to Mark the Boundaries of Your Property

Yes, the property information on record with the city does give the dimensions of your property, but unless and until a surveyor uses that Day-Glo orange paint to mark where your boundaries are, you may accidentally install the fence where it should not go. Plats of survey services can get expert survey work and markers to guide where your fence should be. You should also be aware of the fact that your fence has to be well within/inside the markers, and not on the markers. Fences installed on the orange paint markers are actually overlapping and taking up some of your neighbors' property, in which case they can either take the fence down and/or sue you for infringing on their yards. The professional survey conducted by the surveyor helps you prevent fence deconstruction and legal action by showing you right where you can install the fence. 

Anything Overhanging the Fence Has to Be Cut Back/Down

Trees and bushes growing on your property that will overhang the fence have to be cut down or cut back. Once the fence is installed, it will be clear whose responsibility it is to trim these things back. It just makes more sense to avoid more trouble with your neighbors if you cut down/cut back these things before installing your fence. 

Contact a company like PLCS Corporation for more information.