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Building a Fence on Your Property – What You Need to Know

April 20 2021

Whether you’re looking to add privacy to your yard, improve the safety of your property or let your dog run free, building a fence around your space provides a number of benefits! To help you get started in planning your project, we’ve gathered all the important details you should consider.


1. Identify Your Goals

First, you’ll need to define your objectives to ensure that you’ll make the best choice for your property. Here are some questions you might find helpful:

  • What bothers you most in your backyard? 
  • Are there things in your yard that you would like to hide? 
  • What kind of style are you looking to bring to your space?
  • Do you need to include gates or openings?
  • Do you have any pets that will go in the yard?
  • Do you have a swimming pool or are you planning to install one?


2.Delineate Your Property

If you know the exact location of your property lines, all you’ll need to do is take measurements of the property. Many homeowners may, however, opt to use their certificate of location to clearly delimit their property and avoid encroaching on their neighbours’ land. When in doubt, a land surveyor can assist you to avoid conflicts. 


3. Neighbours 

As a homeowner or property owner, you are entitled, by law, to install a fence on your land, at your own expense. However, if you install the fence right on the property line separating your lot from your neighbour’s lot, you’ll be required, by law, to obtain consent from this neighbour. In this case, neighbours will split costs equally to purchase, install, and maintain the shared fence. This means you’ll have to agree on the selected model and budget.


4. Regulations

Several cities in Quebec have implemented regulations regarding fence installation. Property owners need to respect standards, heights, etc. For instance, in Quebec, fences must not exceed 1.20 metres on the street side and 2 metres in the backyard. Furthermore, certain allowances need to be respected, in terms of clearance. This is why we recommend that you contact your borough office to make sure that you fully understand the regulations that apply to your area. Your local Inter Clôtures member can also guide you through this process.

Locate your nearest Inter Clôtures member here


5. Choosing Your Fence

You can choose from an extensive range of models that will suit your needs and your style. As you consider your options, it’s important to select durable, sturdy products so that you won’t have to replace them after a few years. Many of our products are made right here in Quebec. They are designed to withstand our winter climate and drastic temperature changes, so that you get maximum quality and durability. 

6. Installation

A quality install is also essential. Our experienced installation team will make sure to carefully assess your soil to select the best installation method for you. We’ll also take into account any relevant safety considerations, like nearby electric wires or gas pipes. 

Our teams are available to guide you in planning your project. Plus, if any features in your yard are bothering you, our team can help find solutions, to create a space that suits you just right. Find your local Inter Clôtures member here or request an online quote.

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