Neighbourly disputes over fences happen occasionally. We always suggest a proactive approach: talk early and often to make sure everyone is on the same page before the bottom line is signed.

But maybe you can’t agree and the neighbour goes ahead and installs a fence that you just don’t like the look of. Or you buy a new property and you aren’t happy with the appearance of an adjacent fence. Can you build a new fence next to it?


Yes, you can build next to your neighbour’s fence. As long as you’re inside your property line you’re fine. One consideration: your posts might have to be staggered relative to the fence posts of the existing fence.

staggered posts

Staggered posting avoids interference with existing piers.

The idea is to get your fence as close as possible to the existing one. It’s not always possible to stagger: the situation at the corners may not allow it. In that case you’ll have to build a bit farther back from your property line to ensure there’s no interference with the existing fence piers.

More questions?

If you have more questions about neighbour issues or other subjects we’re happy to answer them. Call 613-736-1122 or hit the chat button on the right during business hours.