Map of neighborhood property lines

What is a property line and how do I find it?


A property line is the legal boundary around a property that defines where the property begins and ends. These lines help to clearly define who owns what pieces of land by dividing it into parcels. Knowing where your property lines are located is an important part of any fence installation.

To ensure that your fence is properly installed within your property boundaries we ask that your property pins are visibly marked prior to installing your fence.

You may be able to find your property line by visiting your local county recorder or assessor’s office. You can access public maps of your street and locate your boundaries. 

Many counties also let you access property lines online. If your property is on platted land, you may be able to access the plat maps online. A plat map is that of a town, section or subdivision that indicates the location and boundaries of individual properties. These maps show aerial views of your property, as well as detailed measurements of its dimensions.

If you are uncertain of exactly where your property line is, you should contact a local property surveying company and request to have your property pins marked or flagged. Property pins/markers or boundary monuments are metal pins placed at every corner of the property, including any angle or change of direction of the boundary line. Each pin is shown on the survey of each property.

It is important to note, that an above ground property stake does not always accurately represent the location of your property pins that are below ground. During the home construction process, the above ground property stakes are often accidentally kicked or moved out of place effectively eliminating the accuracy of those stakes. A property pin is a metal pin that is set in the ground and can usually be located with a metal detector. 

The location of the fence placement is ultimately the homeowner’s responsibility. To ensure that you don’t run in to property line disputes in the future, it is a best practice to have your property pins accurately marked prior to having your fence installed.

If you have questions or need additional guidance, please reach out to your local Big Jerry’s Fencing representative and we would be more than happy to assist you.

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