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Fence Etiquette: Tips to Avoid Neighbor Disputes

Article by Ann Cochran

If you practice fence etiquette and bone up on local zoning regs, you can avoid neighbor disputes. Even if you’ve found the most beautiful fence layout from somewhere like A&P Fencing, it is hard to know whether your neighbors will love it as much as you.


Observe boundaries: Don’t risk having to tear down that fence by going even one inch over your property line. Study your house line drawing or plat or order a new survey ($500 to $1,000) from a land surveyor to be sure of boundaries. Fence companies usually install a foot inside the line, to be on the safe side. You can find out more if you read this blog, as it can help give a professional perspective.

Respect limits: Fencing companies obtain permits and must know local zoning regulations for height, setbacks, and other restrictions. Height limits typically are 6 feet for side and back yards; 4 feet for front yards. More restrictive rules often apply to corner lots, where blind curves can limit driving visibility. To avoid disputes, review restrictions with your fence company before choosing a fence. If the fence is at the front or side of your property, you must also take into consideration any work that might need to be completed on your driveway or walkway. If you are looking for a custom driveway or walkway, you can check