History of Fence Laws

3 Oct

Ultra aluminum fenceWow, we found even more information that relates to the history of “fences” — if you missed our earlier posts in this series, check out “A Bit of History“.

Today’s history lesson is all about early fencing laws —  how things were done “waaaaay back when”, before the modern-day regulations were established to keep local communities safe when it comes to fencing in your yard or pool.  Read on history buffs!

History of Fence Laws:  In the United States, the earliest settlers claimed land by simply fencing it in.  Later, as the American government formed, unsettled land became technically owned by the government.  Programs to register land ownership developed, usually making raw land available for low prices or for free, if the owner improved the property, including the construction of fences.

Distinctly different land ownership and fencing patterns arose in the eastern and western United States.  Original fence laws on the east coast were based on the British common law system, and rapidly increasing population quickly resulted in laws requiring livestock to be fenced in.  In the west, land ownership patterns and policies reflected a strong influence of Spanish law and tradition, plus the vast land area involved made extensive fencing impractical until mandated by a growing population and conflicts between landowners.

The “open range” tradition of requiring landowners to fence out unwanted livestock was dominant in most of the rural west until very late in the 20th century, and even today, a few isolated regions of the west still have open range statutes on the books.  Today, across the nation, each state is free to develop its own laws regarding fences.  In most cases for both rural and urban property owners, the laws are designed to require adjacent landowners to share the responsibility for maintaining a common boundary fenceline, and the fence is generally constructed on the surveyed property line as precisely as possible.

PRIV domeSolidOur staff is knowledgeable in today’s fencing laws, otherwise known as local township codes, and can help direct you to the proper authorities to ensure your fence project is OK.  (You’ll want to double check with your township BEFORE installing fence.)

Related Posts:
A Bit of History,   Even More Fence HistoryA Bit More History

Related Links:   About Fence City

One Response to “History of Fence Laws”

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Presidential Fencing | fencecity - May 12, 2015

    […] Related Posts:   The Defender Series,   Pool Safety,   History of Fence Laws […]

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: