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Can You Put a Fence Up Next to Your Neighbour’s Fence?

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If you’re a homeowner in Edmonton or elsewhere in Alberta, you have the freedom to build a fence within your property line — even if it’s next to a neighbour's existing fence — as long as you meet local size and space regulations. Whether you choose to build your fence independently or share one with your neighbour, you have several options. Here’s what you need to know.

Tips for Building Your Fence Alongside an Existing Fence

Whether you're considering a chain link fence, vinyl fence or wood fence, the same rules generally apply. If you're within your property lines, you have the freedom to choose the fence material and type that best suits your needs and preferences.

If you're building your fence alongside that of your neighbour's, you’ll have to stagger your posts with those of your neighbour’s existing fence. However, at the corners, for example, you may not be able to stagger the posts, so you may be forced to build a bit back on your property line. Also, it's wise to build your fence as close as possible to the existing fence. If you leave a significant gap between the fences, you should come up with a plan for weed control and mowing.

Sharing a Fence with a Neighbour

Sharing a single fence with your neighbour is a way for you both to maximize your property. This collaborative approach can enable you both to enjoy the privacy of a fence and split the cost of materials, installation and maintenance, significantly reducing your expenses. Additionally, coordinating the design and materials of the shared fence can give both properties a more cohesive and attractive appearance.

The downsides of sharing a fence include the potential for differences of opinion in matters like the type of fence and maintenance schedule. Even if you’re in agreement, coordinating the installation, maintenance and any needed repairs can be more complex when you share these responsibilities with a neighbour. Additionally, if your neighbour decides to sell, the new owner may have different preferences regarding the fence, potentially leading to complications.

Before deciding to share a fence, have an open and honest discussion with your neighbour about expectations and responsibilities. A written agreement can help prevent potential conflicts.

Fence Installation Services in Edmonton and Alberta

At Duraguard Fence Ltd., we specialize in chain link, wood and vinyl fence installation for residential, commercial and industrial customers in Edmonton, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Bonnyville and Fort McMurray. Our fence experts know Alberta fence by-laws and will ensure your fence complies. Contact us today to learn more about our fence installation services,


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