What You Need to Know About California Fence Laws

Written By: M&M Properties - Sacramento Property Management

January 29, 2020

Good Neighbor Fence Act

If you have a fence that’s on a boundary line with a neighbor, then you should know about the “Good Neighbor Fence Act.”

The “Good Neighbor Fence Act” of 2013 states: “Adjoining landowners are presumed to share an equal benefit from any fence dividing their properties and, unless otherwise agreed to by the parties in a written agreement, shall be presumed to be equally responsible for the reasonable costs of construction, maintenance, or necessary replacement of the fence.”

This means if you (or your neighbor) plan on getting a new fence that’s on the boundary line, you’ll most likely be sharing the costs. There are a few scenarios where a court can overrule the presumption. For example, if it’s proved that the cost would be too much for one owner and a few other reasons that are listed in the law. You can read more at

To comply with the law, be sure to send your neighbor a notice of your intent to install a fence on a boundary line at least 30 days before you start.

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