please fence me in
May 28, 2010 5:38 AM Subscribe
Our Portland OR house from 1924 is on a double lot, so we don't have a 'back' yard, we have a 'side' yard. The neighboring house from 1925 was built directly on the property line, as verified by surveyor and plat maps. That side of their house contains a window that can't see anywhere but into our yard, and a gas meter that the gas company needs access to. We're in fence building mode, and aren't sure where to put the fence, or how high it can be.
posted by foobario to home & garden (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm awaiting word from the gas company regarding what sort of access we need to allow them, and we've planted tall bamboo to provide a little privacy without walling off the neighbor's windows. But when it comes to actually sinking posts and getting the fence started, I'm not sure what to do.
How far away from their house do we need to make the fence? Does the fence need to step away from the house to provide access to the meter reader? (I don't mind if they come into our yard to read the neighbor's meter.) Are we required to give them some sort of easement, since they're sort of "grandfathered in" to place?
And finally, the city has different rules for the height of front yard fences and back yard fences. Our nominal 'back' yard abuts the same road the front of our house does. Do we treat it like a 'back' yard, or should we try to get a permit that specifically authorizes a 'backyard'-type fence along that stretch? (That could turn around and bite us.)