What Is A Lawfully Built Fence?

A lawfully built fence is one with three rails of good material, which is attached to posts of equally good material. The rails cannot be less than six (6) inches wide and three­quarters (3/4) of an inch thick. The adjoining posts cannot be more than ten (10) total feet apart. The bottom most rails cannot be higher than twenty (20) inches off the ground to prevent small animals from escaping. The fence must also have a minimum height of at least fifty­four (54) inches to prevent jumping animals from escaping.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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