How to be a Good Neighbor While Building a Fence

When you build a fence in your yard, it’s important to be a good neighbor in the process. There’s such a thing as “fence etiquette,” which is simply being considerate to your neighbor during your installation process.

Put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself questions like “What’s the polite thing to do?” to maintain a good relationship. The last thing you want is a quarrel or resentment.

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Here are some ways to stay on your neighbor’s good side while you build your fence.

Discuss the Fence Before Installation

Before you begin installation, consider talking with your neighbor about your plans. No one likes surprises. Your neighbor might have to prepare for installation by clearing away yard items, making sure pets or children won’t get in the way, etc.

If the fence will go near or on your property line, then discussing the fence with your neighbor is likely mandatory, mainly to avoid property line disputes. Make sure there aren’t disagreements or confusion about property line locations. Contact a surveyor if you and your neighbor aren’t sure where the property line actually falls. Hiring the expert, then discussing feedback with your neighbor, will keep you both on the same page.

Otherwise, if you unintentionally build your fence on your neighbor’s property, there’s a chance you’ll have to tear it down later.

Fence etiquette rules vary from state to state. For local regulations, visit Then click your state, county and city or town to view your local government’s website. There you’ll either find a phone number to call, or you’ll see everything you need to know about fence permits.

What to Do About Fences That Benefit Both Properties

Sometimes, neighbors split the cost of a fence, especially if it’s on the property line. If you both are friendly with one another and mutually agree on a fence, split the cost equally.
Keep in mind that if your neighbor contributes to costs, they may expect to have a say in the style and color of the fence — which is only fair. As long as you’re both in agreement, see compromises like this as beneficial, helping you both work toward a common goal.
However, beware of wrong assumptions and pitfalls on your part. Never assume your neighbor will pay simply because you expect it. Don’t badger them or make demands. Always initiate clear, honest communication to avoid misunderstandings.

What to do About the Front Side of the Fence

Traditionally, it’s common practice and courteous to place the front, finished side of your fence facing your neighbor’s yard. The back side should face your property.

Once you and your neighbor are in agreement, it’s time to build the fence! Call the team at Utah Fence Warehouse to find the perfect option.