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Philv, Home Owner in Cherry Hill, NJ

which way does a residential fence have to face in new jersey

Asked by Philv, Cherry Hill, NJ Sat May 14, 2011

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It really depends on your town, but most fences have to have the finished side facing the street, unfinished side facing the yard.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 10, 2012
Talk to the township and follow their rules - but generally the finished side should face out - to your neighbor. Having said that, my neighbor built his the other way and the town did nothing....some people obey the rules, others are above them. I prefer to live beside the ones that do not insist on living above them.

So again, my suggestion, talk to the township building office, do what they say to do, and you will likely maintain a good relationship with your neighbor.

Jeanne Feenick
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 18, 2011
Yes the finished side of the fence is to face outward. But this is not just for aesthetics... Mostly Because the cross boards allow children to climb the fence. This is especially important when there is a pool and one of the factors for the fence ruling. So if you have a fence such as the vinyl types which have both side finished then there is no rule. But your wooden fences except for dog eared and board on board have one finihsed side.

Larry Sarlo
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Turnersville, NJ
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 15, 2011

Most towns have an ordinance where the "finished" side must face your neighbors. Some have an ordinance that the fence has to be a specific distance from the property line (not ON the property line).

Contact your local zoning office for the information, and proper permits (if required) before you install the fence. Will save headaches down the road when you are going to sell the property.

Remember, good fences make good neighbors !!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 15, 2011
The "pretty side" is to face the neighbors.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 14, 2011
Is there really a law that addresses this issue, or are these answers just common practice. Yes, it makes more sense for a stockade or board on board style of fence to have the stringers on the inside so that it is not as easily climbed from the outside. But I have known many owners who want the "pretty side" facing inward because they will have to look at it (maybe it's just a Florida thing). With a shadow box style it really wouldn't make a difference. Check with your HOA (if applicable) and I'm sure a local fence company will be able to give you the answer about any specific laws.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 14, 2011
Hi Philv,
Thanks for your question.
The best part of the fence has to be put placed facing your neighbors. The side with the pieces across will have to be facing you.
Make sure you get a survey so your fence is installed correctly within your property boundaries. Check with your town what are the requirements to put fence.
With so many choices out there it should be a nice addition to the look of your home.
Any other questions feel free to contact me.
Good luck.
Ines De La Cruz
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 14, 2011
Fences have to face with the flat side out. Hope this helps!
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