When buying a property, part of the process involves receiving survey information about the boundary lines of the property. However, over time, changes to the landscape often can present less clear visions of property lines. Properties that border park, conservation green space, transitional buffers or government lands can also present situations that are not correctly interpreted by landowners. Some landowners assume that since the adjacent parkland will not be developed, it is okay to extend fences, or erect sheds, on that land. This assumption could lead to serious consequences for landowners.
- Knowing the boundary lines of your property could help you avoid:
- Being forced to alter or remove structures that extend over the property line
- Being forced to remove or move landscaping that encroach or extend over the property line
- Neighbor disputes
Examples of situations when it is important to know property line locations
- If you disagree with your neighbor on the property line location
- If you plan to build a new structure or add onto an existing structure
- If you plan to erect a fence, pool or deck
- If you plan to plant, trim or remove a tree or bush near your property line
After reviewing the following information if you still have questions, you may contact the Department of Development Services at 678-625-1659.