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Fence Cost Sharing

Overview

The Fence Cost Sharing By-law outlines:

  • the basic costs that adjoining property owners are responsible for in relation to a new division fence
  • what process to follow, under the Provincial Offences Act, when an adjoining owner defaults on payment
  • the repair and reconstruction requirements of existing division fences

What you should know ?

Neighbours must share the "basic cost" of constructing a new division fence. This basic cost is defined as the cost of erecting a 4 foot chain link fence to minimum construction standards.

The cost to repair, maintain or reconstruct existing division fences must be shared equally by both property owners, based upon the type of fence in place.

A General Guide

The following are the key components of the fence cost sharing by-law:

  • an owner may construct a division fence to mark the boundary between his property and adjoining properties
  • unless otherwise agreed, an adjoining owner shall be responsible for 50 percent of the basic cost of construction
  • unless otherwise agreed, an adjoining owner shall be responsible for 50 percent of the actual cost of re-constructing a division fence
  • an owner seeking to share the cost of constructing a new division fence must serve upon the adjoining owner a notice that includes, a copy of this by-law; the date the work is planned to commence; copies of 3 estimates received for the cost of the proposed fence; an estimate of the basic cost of the proposed fence; and a request for payment from the adjoining owner calculated in accordance with this by-law
  • an owner desiring to re-construct a division fence must serve upon the adjoining owner a notice that includes, a copy of this by-law; the date the work is planned to commence, copies of 3 estimates received for the cost of the proposed fence and a request for payment from the adjoining owner calculated in accordance with this by-law
  • notice must be served at least fourteen days prior to the commencement of any work or execution of any contract in relation to the work to be undertaken