How to separate a joint driveway

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Posted by: from Welland
8/31/2011 at 10:59:13 PM

I want to separate my driveway from my neighbors she thinks she owns more than me i was thinking of getting a survey does anyone know how much this would cost plus do they mark your property line for you i want a fence down the middle now i think i can go 8 feet till the end of the house and 4 after am i on the right track here.

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Tim in Windsor
Date/Time8/31/2011 at 11:58:03 PM

Hi, Glenn.

First, the fence. Typically, there will be metal surveyor's stakes at the corners of the property, buried about 6 inches to a foot below grade. They can be found with a metal detector. (I presume that you do not have a copy of the original survey on your property) The fence should be on, or inside the lines provided by the surveyor's stakes.

As for the height of your fence, you should check with your local building department for specifics. Here in Windsor, Ontario, you can have a six foot fence, seven if the top foot is lattice. It varies by municipality.

I don't know how you would resolve the common driveway issue. That can be tricky. You may need to be diplomatic with your neighbour. Keep in mind that even if your survey means you 'win' on the driveway line, you still have to live RIGHT next to your neighbour.

Hope this helps.


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Glenn in Welland
Date/Time9/1/2011 at 12:24:08 AM

Hey thanks Tim i think your right 6 feet and im not worried about my neighbor to much just my 81 Trans am she keeps hitting with her door 3 dings already and i havnt made it to paint yet and thats one reason i havnt and i have the car all the way over i can not move it anymore so she is way over on my property .

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