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Fences, Fence Viewers & Livestock Evaluators

Fencing and Fence Disputes

While a building permit is not required to put up a fence on YOUR property (within your boundary line), our Zoning By-Law states:

– That fencing higher than 1 metre (3.3 feet) is prohibited within sight triangles on corner lots (fifteen (15) metres (49.2 ft.) in all commercial and industrial and rural zones, ten (10) metres (32.8 ft.) in all other zones – see Sight Triangle Diagram)

Sight Triangle Diagram

– Properties with frontage along County Road 2 and within the Waterfront Residential Zone (see the Zoning Maps) cannot erect a fence higher than 1.8 metres (6 feet).

– Pool fencing has a different set of requirements which can be reviewed in the Building Permit Application for In-ground and Above ground Pools.

If however, the fence is/will be on a shared property boundary line, an agreement must be met with the other property owner on how to construct, repair or maintain the fence.

If you are not able to reach an agreement on the type of fence to be erected and/or the cost of the fence, the Line Fences Act provides a procedure that enables neighbouring landowners to have their fencing disputes arbitrated by municipally appointed fence-viewers.  


country wire fencing

The Fence Viewers will follow the guidelines of the Line Fences Act and provide resolutions to disputes between owners of adjourning properties.

Under the Act, three (3) fence-viewers are required to be present at a viewing, and they are only authorized to address one or both of the following issues:

  • the apportionment of responsibility for the fencing work between the two adjoining owners
  • the description of the fence that is to be constructed or reconstructed on the boundary line, including the materials to be used

After the viewing, the fence-viewers issue an award and allocate the costs of the proceeding between the two owners.

Note: Each Fence Viewer visit costs $100 per Fence Viewer (as per By-Law 3709-2024) and a minimum of 3 Fence Viewers must be present.  There is also an administrative fee of $200 per visit (as per By-Law 3696-2024).

Fence Viewer Request Application Form *note: if the form does not open, try opening it using a different browser.

FAQ: Can the Township give me a map/survey of my property?

Unfortunately, the Township does not have survey maps of properties within the township unless for some reason it was submitted as part of an application.  Chances are we will not have a copy of one, but we can check the property file for you just in case.  You will need to provide us with the roll # for the property (the number on your tax bill that starts 0706).

The best place for you to check for survey maps is the Land Registry office.  The one for this area is located in Prescott.  You can contact them at 613-925-4219 or go online at onland.ca

Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program/Livestock Evaluatorscoyote

The Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program (OWDCP) provides financial assistance to producers whose livestock, poultry or honey bees have been damaged or killed by wildlife.

Evaluators are responsible for carrying out a full and impartial investigation within 72 hours of receiving the notification of the injury or death of livestock or poultry.  They must also take three to six colour photos per eligible kill/injury incurred and document all necessary information to accurately complete the application.  Evaluators are responsible for providing a completed program application to the owner and the municipality within seven business days of completing an investigation.  

Note: Each Livestock Evaluator visit costs $100 as per By-Law 3709-2024Please contact the township office for the contact information of the Livestock Evaluators.

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