How close to property line can I build a fence in North Carolina?

No fence can be higher than 8 feet unless it is at least 15 feet away from all property lines or complies with principal building setbacks.

How should a fence be built on the property line?

Customers having new fencing installed often ask us exactly where they should position their new fence. Getting it right avoids (potentially costly) disputes over encroachment in the future. As a rule of thumb, the outer face of the fence should be placed along the boundary. The posts should stand on your land.

Who is responsible for fencing between properties?

When looking at the plans, the ownership is indicated by a “T” marked on the plans on one side of a boundary. If the “T” is written on your side of the boundary, you’re responsible for maintaining it. If there’s an H (although actually it’s two joined Ts) the boundary is the joint responsibility of both parties.

How close to my property line can I build?

Before building, homeowners should check with their local zoning or building department. In some places, there must be 5 – 15 feet between a structure and the property line. In some cases, you must obtain a neighbor’s permission to build.

Do you need a permit to build a fence in North Carolina?

A Zoning Fence Permit is needed to install a fence on residential or nonresidential property. Fences that are made of wood, metal or masonry products follow this process for approval unless the masonry construction creates a wall higher than four feet.

What constitutes a boundary fence?

A boundary feature can be a fence, wall, hedge, ditch, piece of wire, or sometimes even just the edge of a driveway. They can be the cause of heated debate and trigger arguments between neighbours, sometimes over just a few inches of ground.

Is it a legal requirement to have a fence?

Surprisingly, there are no laws stating that home owners must erect fences around their property. Rather, many people opt for fencing or gates for the added privacy and security this will provide.

Do you need a permit to build a fence in NC?

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