Fences and neighbours

What are my rights?

Do I need my neighbour's agreement before I can build a fence between our properties?
  • Yes
  • Maybe
  • No

Fences serve many purposes. They can mark property boundaries, keep pets or children safe, offer privacy, or limit unwanted guests. But they can also lead to tensions and conflicts. Neighbours may disagree about where a fence can be built, what type of fence to build, or who should bear the cost of building or repairing a fence. Learn how to deal with problems involving fences and neighbours.

What you should know

Work out problems

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Who can help

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in July 2022
  • Time to read: 11 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Drew Jackson, People's Law School

Drew Jackson

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