Moving a fence

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Posted by: from Winnipeg
11/14/2016 at 2:40:36 PM

A number of years ago my neighbor removed and replaced a fence without my okay. I've recently had my property surveyed due to a renovation I'm planning and have found that the fence was built on my property. I want to move the fence at my expense to allow better access to parts of my yard, he's over 2 feet at my back yard.

My question is, how much inward on his property should the posts be placed according to Winnipeg bylaw?

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Date/Time11/14/2016 at 8:19:53 PM

Usually city by-law states that you are only allocated to place your fence post within the property line. When I build fences, I always go in 4 inches from the property line to ensure construction is within code. I'm sure you can come within a compromise with your neighbor. I'm surprised that your neighbor did this without a survey. If you contact your city by-law officer, he can enforce your changes at your neighbor's cost.


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Date/Time11/14/2016 at 9:42:37 PM

Out here in Calgary, if its between two neighbors then you can build it "right on" the property line. This link is from City of Winnipeg website, which states the same thing, though you may want to check to see if any revisions have been made to that since 2001 when that PDF was created.

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Date/Time11/15/2016 at 8:27:06 AM

You are best to place the posts as directly as possible "on" the property line. This ensures it is a shared fence and not belonging to just one person or another.

So a 6x6 post which is 5.5 inches will have roughly 2.75 inches on each side of the line, when properly placed.

Good luck!

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