Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Putting up a fence

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    2

    Default Putting up a fence

    Greetings,

    I was just wondering what is the legal rule of thumb when putting up a fence or
    retaining wall? Am I allowed to go all the way to the property line or must I
    stay back some amount? By the way I live in Washington State.

    Jen

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    344

    Default Putting up a fence

    Jennifer Roberts wrote:>>
    Greetings,
    I was just wondering what is the legal rule of thumb when putting up a fence or retaining wall? Am I allowed to go all the way to the property line or must I stay back some amount? By the way I live in Washington State.
    Jen
    Contact your local county courthouse. Fencing laws vary from county to
    county so widely it's not easy to say one way or another.




  3. #3
    Guest
    Guest

    Default Putting up a fence

    On Tue, 19 Aug 2003 09:51:22 GMT Jennifer Roberts <JenRnospam@hotmail.com> whittled these words:
    Greetings,
    I was just wondering what is the legal rule of thumb when putting up a fence or retaining wall? Am I allowed to go all the way to the property line or must I stay back some amount? By the way I live in Washington State.
    The information below is general and is not legal advice for your
    particular situation.

    The general rule in most states is that fences may be installed on the
    boundary line. That general rule can be changed by local rules and
    regulations.

    There is a lot of law and doctrine on fencing, especially fences on or
    near boundaries re responsibilities for maintenance, shared costs, etc.
    There is a lot to consider, e.g. the doctrine of "agreed boundary" such
    that it is not always safest to set the fence or wall back from the
    property line. Sometime later when memories have faded that set back
    line might be taken for the actual boundary causing headaches even if
    that "gap" is not actually lost.

    Looking into the potential problems now will save headaches later. If
    there are neighbor conflicts get them resolved as part of installing the
    fence or wall, don't think that merely installing the fence or wall will
    reduce the conflict, it rarely does.

    Getting a survey done in connection with installing a fence is often a
    good investment for avoiding future conflicts.

    A good book to get an idea about the issues is "Neighbor law" by Nolo
    press. http://www.nolo.com

    Another issue to consider is any local regulations regarding fences and
    walls. You will have to check with your local authorities regarding
    fence and wall regulations - usually the department that issues buidling
    permits is the one you want to check with. Those regulations may dictate
    where the fence or wall may be built, its materials, its height and other
    matters.


    Diane Blackman

Similar Threads

  1. Fence on boundary line
    By Gaijin in forum General Real Estate Law Questions
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-12-2006, 08:56 AM
  2. Fence construction
    By bfelixthecat2000 in forum Construction & Remodeling
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-08-2006, 08:10 AM
  3. Fence Advise - GA
    By onthefence in forum General Real Estate Law Questions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-10-2006, 12:45 PM
  4. Property Line and Fence
    By askforhelp in forum General Real Estate Law Questions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-02-2006, 09:18 PM
  5. A question about a fence
    By Jennifer Roberts in forum General legal issues
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-19-2003, 04:14 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •