3 Fence Laws (Written and Unwritten) You Should Follow

3 Fence Laws (Written and Unwritten) You Should Follow

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There's a reason why U.S. zoning experts estimate that between 80-90% of the fencing applications are for privacy fences. Sure, they're a cost-efficient way to improve property values, but that's not quite it. Although pressure-treated wood fencing posts cost only about $10 a piece on average, while aluminum fences can improve a home's curb appeal while providing a return on investment of about 65%, privacy fencing is incredibly popular for a more human reason.

Mainly, it's because people want to keep certain people and other bothers out of their yard. It could be a nosy neighbor. It might be a neighbor's dog who eliminates in the owner's yard, no matter what. It might even be burglars or wildlife.

Whatever it is though, there are certain fence laws (both written and unwritten) that must be followed before construction can begin. Here are just a few.

Fence Law 1: Let Your Neighbors Know

Although you don't legally have to tell your neighbors that you're building a fence, it is the courteous thing to do. After all, they may have a few things to take care of before you build. For example, they might want to move some of their plants that are close to the construction so they don't get killed.

Fence Law 2: Check with Uncle Sam

>Although some local governments do not require homeowners to get permits before building fences, many often do. Zoning ordinances often also dictate the size of fences, setting a limit on just how tall they can be. The homeowner's association may also have rules regarding fencing as well, dictating that it be a certain material or a certain color.

Fence Law 3: Don't Ditch Fido

If you do, your dog may start to show some antisocial behaviors that can prove to be a real nuisance to your neighbors. For example, your dog may start incessantly barking or digging, which will quickly get on anyone's nerves.

So long as you act courteous and kind to your neighbors, you'll be fine. If you have any questions, feel free to share in the comments.

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