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Philv, Home Owner in Cherry Hill, NJ

can a residential fence fence be built on or approx. two inches from your property line

Asked by Philv, Cherry Hill, NJ Wed May 18, 2011

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Many Twp will allow right on the property line. If you do construct on the line, make sure you have it marked out by a surveyor or there could be problems later. As JOhn indicated already, an encroachment can cause problems if a good neighbor turns bad. As it is said a GOOD fence makes a GOOD neighbor. If your fence is a standard white vinyl fence or wood dog eared, you should have no problems with direction. If using wood stockade style your finished side must show outward. This is standard since kids can climb the fence using the fence supports. The finished side out is for attractive nuisances.
You will need a permit to build a fence even if you are replacing the fence... and if the fence is being built outside the normal setbacks you will need to request for a variance. Anything out of the normal written ordinances a variance will be needed. That is a whole different approach...
Good Luck. Barrington is a great town. Lots of good people in administration. They will be very helpful!

Larry Sarlo
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Hello Philv,
Thanks for your question.
Putting a fence normally will require a permit from the town the home is at. Once you do that the same Township will give you the instructions as what can or can't be done.
Good luck and enjoy your new fence.
Best Regards,
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Call the Township. In my area the fence must be 6 inches from the property line..

Yes, I have one neighbor with a fence and my fence so there is a 12 inch gap between the two.. and it must be that way! The town will tell you exactly. Also be sure to know your boundary lines before putting the fence in the ground.. The neighbor may be fine with it now, but if they sell the house.. Then the next guy may want you off his / her land... all kinds of issues.

Complete your due diligence within your town!
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Hi Phil:

Always best to get your permits and instructions right from the Township.

Gina Fagnani
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