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Building a fence

You're only required to have a building permit for a fence if it's for a private swimming pool. Fences on private property don't require a building permit, otherwise.

If your property is a corner lot, however, please make sure to contact the building department by e-mail or at 519-396-3468 ext. 2 before you start construction to make sure you're not building within the sight triangle.

Line fences

Line fences mark the boundary between properties. They're also called boundary or division fences.

Contact the Clerk for more information or assistance with line fences by e-mail or at 519-396-3468.

The Line Fences Act applies when there is a disagreement between two neighbours on:

  • which owner is responsible for the line fence work; and
  • the type of line fence to be built or repaired.

It only applies when:

  • no fence exists, and one owner wants a fence constructed to mark the boundary; or
  • a line fence already exists, and one owner feels it needs to be reconstructed or repaired.

Fence-viewers do not deal with disputes:

  • over the location of the property boundary,
  • where the fence or proposed fence is not on the boundary line,
  • where construction or repair of the fence has commenced or is complete,
  • where the adjoining property is a municipal of provincial highway.

Property owners are encouraged to work with their neighbour towards a solution without involving fence viewers.

If a solution can not be found, you will submit a Form 1 – Request for Fence Viewers by e-mail or it can be dropped off at the Municipal Administration Centre at 1475 Concession 5, Kincardine.

View the Guide to Line Fences Act for further details.

Yes, there is a fee for involving the line viewers to resolve the dispute.

The line fences administration fee is $117.00 and the fence viewers determine how the fee is divided between the property owners involved in the dispute.

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